According to a report in Rheumatology International, researchers evaluated clinical trial evidence of moxibustion for the treatment of osteoarthritis. Eight of 12 searched databases met the necessary criteria for inclusion in the study. Researchers concluded from their review and meta-analysis that moxibustion may be effective for managing symptoms of knee osteoarthritis. Researchers did point out, though, that the number of eligible studies was low and there was a high risk of bias.
What is moxibustion, anyway? To be quite honest, I had never heard of it. According to Cathy Wong, About.com's Guide to Alternative Medicine, "Moxibustion is an alternative therapy that involves burning herbs and applying the resulting heat to specific points on the body." Moxibustion is used in traditional Chinese medicine and Tibetan medicine. Usually, moxibustion is administered together with acupuncture. Learn more about Moxibustion.
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