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Moxibustion and Cupping

Moxibustion (or moxa) and cupping are ancient Chinese medicine techniques used to stimulate acupuncture points and move energy in areas of the body.

Moxibustion

Moxibustion is a way of stimulating acupunuctre points with warmth using moxa, a therapeutic herb (mugwart).

This can is done with  a moxa stick which is held over the chosen point to genlty warm it, or by placing a moxa cone on an acupuncture needle to allow warmth to travel into the body.

Cupping

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.

Cupping is often used to ease muscle tension. A 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.”