Moxibustion and Cupping
Moxibustion and cupping are ancient Chinese medicine techniques used to stimulate acupuncture points and move energy in areas of the body.
Moxibustion brings warmth to the body using moxa, a therapeutic herb (mugwart). A moxa stick is held over the chosen point and gently warms the skin, or it is placed on an acupuncture needle allowing the warmth to travel into the point. Moxibustion is best known for its use in pregnancy to turn a baby in breech position>
Cupping stimulates points using vacuum sealed glass cups. The vacuum is created by placing a flame inside the cup which is placed on the skin creating a sucking sensation. It is often used to ease muscle tension, for this thin layer of oil is applied on the skin which enables the cup to slide along the muscle being treated, creating a pleasant feeling of warmth, pressure and relaxation.
"Sally has been using cupping to treat my arthritic knee pain . . . I often hobble up the stairs to her treatment room and then skip down.”