Indirect moxibustion involves the burning of moxa, but without direct placement on the skin.

Commonly ‘stick moxa’ is used – here moxa is rolled in to a cigar-shaped stick and one end is lit. The lit stick moxa is help over the area being treated and the patient should feel a pleasant warming sensation. Stick moxa can use regular moxa or a compressed smokeless variant.

Another type of indirect moxibustion, known as needle-head moxa (as shown here), involves placing moxa on the end of an inserted needle, thereby conducting heat into the point.