In moxibustion, a dried herb called mugwort or “moxa” is burned on or near the skin to stimulate specific acupuncture points. The practitioner may light a stick of moxa and use it like a wand to warm various points, or may light moxa directly on acupuncture needles inserted in the body. For some conditions, moxa is burned on a fresh slice of ginger or on a mixture of garlic, salt, and herbs, which is applied to the skin.