Moxibustion can be applied in two ways:
Direct moxibustion, the moxa cone rests on your body at the treatment point. The practitioner lights the cone and lets it burn slowly until your skin begins to turn red. Once you begin to feel the heat, the practitioner removes it.
Indirect moxibustion is more commonly practiced. It’s also a safer option since the burning moxa doesn’t actually touch your skin. Instead, the practitioner will hold it about an inch from your body. They’ll remove it once your skin becomes red and warm.