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 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 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.”