Loose, bulk moxa is used for cone-making to burn directly on the skin, on a needle or on a natural barrier such as a slice of garlic or ginger. The process of direct moxa is a specialized and intricate process that requires diligence and special care to avoid burning the patient inadvertently. Its benefits however, are widespread and as a result is used frequently in clinics that have special ventilation installed to redirect the smoke. Higher, more expensive grades are easier to form cones with and hold together well when burning.
Cautions: There are many risks when using loose moxa. Only practitioners properly trained in making moxa cones, and the techniques for using them, should be purchasing these products. Please click here for key points and cautions about moxibustion