- a flammable substance or material obtained from the leaves of certain Chinese and Japanese wormwood plants, especially Artemisia moxa.
- this substance or a similar one of cotton, wool, or the like, placed on the skin usually in the form of a cone or cylinder and ignited for use as a counterirritant.
Origin of moxa
1670–80; by uncertain mediation < Japanese mogusa, equivalent to mo(y)e burn + -gusa, combining form of kusa herb
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Examples from the Web for moxa
It is really the Moxa of South America under an altered name.Opuscula
Robert Gordon Latham
Only these portions named might not have a moxa applied to them.
Others extended the value of the moxa beyond these affections.
Larrey recommends with the same view, after the application of moxa, the use of the aq.
The small cone constituting the moxa is placed upon a part, lighted, and allowed to burn to its base.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
- a downy material obtained from various plants and used in Oriental medicine by being burned on the skin as a cauterizing agent or counterirritant for the skin
- any of various plants yielding this material, such as the wormwood Artemisia chinensis
C17: anglicized version of Japanese mogusa, contraction of moe gusa burning herb
- A cone or cylinder of cotton wool or other combustible material, placed on the skin and ignited in order to produce counterirritation.
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