While older people are more likely to suffer from rheumatic or arthritic pains, they also affect younger people and detract from their quality of life. Studies are underway into how traditional Chinese medical use of mugwort could relieve these joint pains. Chinese doctors are employing burning mugwort in an acupuncture procedure known as "moxibustion." They believe it improves blood circulation. Medical studies indicate that this technique relieves joint pain and improves knee mobility in a large number of cases although the longer-term benefits are less obvious.
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