During moxibustion, a trained therapist burns an herb to apply heat close to the skin at specific points, which can lead to improvements in several common side effects of cancer treatments.
How do experts use moxibustion?
Both medical groups and integrative experts provide recommendations for moxibustion in treating people with cancer. Learn more about the approaches and meanings of recommendations.
Clinical practice guidelines
These guidelines specifically mention moxibustion. Other guidelines may consider moxibustion to be part of acupuncture and don’t evaluate it separately.
Chinese Integrative Therapy of Primary Liver Cancer Working Group
Clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of primary liver cancer with integrative traditional Chinese and Western medicine ›
This group’s 2018 guidelines give a weak recommendation for moxibustion and acupuncture to relieve pain or reduce gastrointestinal reactions such as vomiting.
Chinese medicine clinical service
Development of evidence-based Chinese medicine clinical service recommendations for cancer palliative care using Delphi Approach based on the evidence to decision framework ›
A survey of experts published in 2020 found consensus to recommend moxibustion for reducing nausea and vomiting among patients receiving chemotherapy.
Moxibustion is used in traditional Chinese medicine and is recommended in guidelines from Chinese integrative practitioners.
Learn more about traditional medicine and how to find practitioners.