Moxa, or mugwort, is an herb used in physical remedies in China and Japan. Moxibustion is the most common implementation.

Mox"a (?), n. [A corruption of Japan. mogusa (pronounced mongsa), an escharotic made from the plant yomigi: cf. F. moxa.]

1. Med.

A soft woolly mass prepared from the young leaves of Artemisia Chinensis, and used as a cautery by burning it on the skin; hence, any substance used in a like manner, as cotton impregnated with niter, amadou.

2. Bot.

A plant from which this substance is obtained, esp. Artemisia Chinensis, and A. moxa.

 

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