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Differences between Chinese mugwort (Qi mugwort) and others

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Moxa is one of the most important products for moxibustion treatment. And there are lots of moxa products available right now whether on lierremedical or other stores.

Moxa is made from mugwort. However, mugwort is a common name for several species of aromatic plants in the genus Artemisia. In Europe, this word refers to the species Artemisia vulgaris. In China, it refers to Artemisia argyi. It is a type of Chinese mugwort. (Chinese character: 艾草,Pinyin: àicǎo) While there are several types of mugwort in China, they contain different ingredients. There is a type of mugwort can be used as a flavoring and colorant for a seasonal rice dish.

Also, there are mugworts suitable for making moxa. People differentiate mugworts by their location in China. For example, there are northern mugworts, southern mugworts and Qi mugworts. Among all these types of mugworts, Qi mugwort is the most suitable for making moxa. It is produced near Qi village, Hubei Province. That’s the reason why it is called Qi mugwort.

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Lierre needle moxa cones

It is the best mugwort for moxa. It has larger and thicker leaves than other mugworts. At the same time, it has a better and pure odor than others. The plant itself is taller than normal mugworts. Because of thicker leaves, the moxa usually has deeper color than normal moxa made with normal mugworts. The burning ash color is deeper, too.

The most important reason why Qi mugwort is better is it contains more effective ingredients than others which will help a lot during moxibustion.

Here is a chart that compares normal mugworts with Qi mugworts.

Qi Mugwort

Normal Mugwort

Essential oil content%

1.230

0.4611

Calorific value of burning J/g

18139

14136

Total Flavonoids%

3.675

1.054

Thujone%

14.040

0.540

Caryophyllene oxide %

2.743

0.501

Effective Medical ingredients %

87.64

72.75

Height

1.8-2.5 m

0.5-1.2 m

Odor

Flavorsome

Light Flavor

Shape

Thick leaves, Long hair

Thin Leaves, Short hair

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Lierre Super Pure Grade A Loose Moxa

From the chart, it is not difficult for us to observe that Qi mugwort definitely contains more effective medical ingredients than normal mugwort. At the same time, it contains a lot of Thujone which normal mugwort contains very tiny little amount of it.

Lierre medical offers only Moxa made with Qi mugwort from Hubei Province.

 

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