Moxibustion, or “moxa,” is a third modality widely used in Chinese medicine. Moxa is made of the herb mugwort, which has powerful warming and Ki coursing properties. Particularly good for improving circulation in cold hands and feet, easing some types of menstrual and muscle cramps, alleviating aches felt with some types of arthritis, and helping improve weak digestion, moxa is applied about 1 inch off the skin over a particular acupressure point. Moxa typically comes in the shape of a cylindrical stick, which is heated at one end until a sustainable warmth is emitted from the moxa. The stick is then held in proximity to a particular acupressure point, warming the affected meridian and area and increasing Ki flow through the meridian, alleviating the cramping, ache, coldness and weakness in the area affected.