Moxa, Gua Sha and Cupping
In our practice we often use moxa with acupuncture treatments.
Moxa is a dried herb, rolled into a cone and placed either on acupuncture needles, or placed directly on the body, and then burned to produce heat.
Moxa is particularly helpful for clients with chronic pain, such as low back pain and arthritis. It also has great results in treating common cold and flu. Moxa also invigorates physiological activity of the internal organs.
Gua Sha is a healing technique, in which skin is scraped to produce light bruising. It is used to release old stagnant pathogenic energy, which was trapped by the blood capillaries.
We use it to help clients with chronic neck pain, shoulder pain and muscular tension.
Cupping is a method of creating a vacuum on the body. Special glass cups are placed on the body, and the clients feels like the areas of the skin, where the cups are placed, are being gently sucked in. We use this modality to treat pains, cold and any other condition, which requires dispelling stagnation of blood and qi.
For somebody, who is new to Chinese medicine, the sensations during the treatments might seem unusual at first, but with time they become enjoyable. It is also a great alternative if you are not comfortable with needles. Chinese medicine has it all!