It's been around for thousands of years and used to treat a variety of disorders. Now, a new Chinese study found the ancient practice of moxibustion is an effective way to control arthritis pain in the knee. Moxibustion is a technique that involves burning herbs and applying the resulting heat to specific points on the body. Dr. Jamie Starkey said, "In addition to improving pain scores and improving mobility, there were absolutely, no side effects."
The dried leaves of mugwort, or artemisia vulgaris, are known to have antibacterial and antifungal properties and has been used in both Western and Chinese medicine for centuries. The treatment is often used along with acupuncture as it is supposed to stimulate acupuncture points, improving the flow of qi in the body.
Watch the video below to learn more about the study done at the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.