Moxibustion, Cupping and Gua Sha

By: Tanya Keam Wellness - Acupuncture & Holistic Health  15-Jan-2014
Keywords: Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Therapeutic Massage

Other Techniques Used Within an Acupuncture Treatment: Moxibustion (moxa) Moxibustion is a technique using the herb Mugwort that is heated within a moxa stick (like a cigar), a small piece of dried herb rolled or in the shape of a small cone that sits on top of the needle. This technique is applied to warm and stimulate the point/needle and can also be used in larger areas on the body to help promote blood flow, thus increasing the healing of damaged tissues. Cupping and Gua Sha Cupping involves glass cups applied to an area of the body using a flame inside the cup to remove oxygen which creates a suction effect. This technique is used to assist in the circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids. Cupping can be used to free up tight areas in the body such as a sore/tense shoulder and also helpful in drawing out a flu virus/cold from the body. Gua sha is a scraping technique using the soft rounded edge of a ceramic spoon or piece of bone to assist in the circulation of lymphatic fluids. Cupping and Gua sha may leave marks on the skin for a few days which may look like bruising. Rest assured both techniques are safe and effective in treatment. Consent is always gained beforehand in case you don't want possible marks.

Keywords: Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Cupping, Gua Sha, Massage Therapy, Moxa, Moxibustion, Therapeutic Massage, Traditional Chinese Medicine

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