Cupping is a technique that is especially useful in the treatment of local Qi and Blood stagnation in the channels. It is also very helpful in treating early stages of the common cold. Small glass cups are placed in areas associated with pain. A small vacuum pulls the air out of the cup creating suction. This in turn pulls out the stagnant blood and toxins that are causing the pain. Most patients enjoy the sensation that the vacuum creates.
Moxibustion is the process whereby Moxa, a dried botanical usually the species called Mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris), is burnt either directly on the skin or more commonly indirectly above the skin over specific acupuncture points. When lit, Moxa burns slowly and provides a penetrating heat that can enter the channels to influence the energy, Qi and Blood flow to increase vitality.
Gua Sha is a straightforward technique commonly used in Asia. The skin is pressured in strokes by a round-edged instrument. Blood and metabolic waste congesting the surface tissues and muscles, leaves the blood vessels, promoting normal circulation and metabolic processes. It is valuable in the treatment of pain, in the prevention and treatment of acute infectious illnesses, digestive and upper respiratory problems and many acute and chronic disorders.