Cupping has been a part of Chinese Medicine for over 2500 years. The practitioner applies heat in a glass cup and applies the cup to the body, which creates a vacuum effect and draws the skin up into the cup.
Cupping releases toxins, improves the circulation of blood and lymph, reduces inflammation, strengthens the immune system and regulates as well as improves the functioning of the autonomic nervous system. The benefits are pain relief, relaxation and increased suppleness of stiff tendons and muscles.
Gua sha is a skin-based treatment that traditionally involved using tools such as jade or horns to scrape the skin. The capillaries on the skin dilate and increase the secretion of sweat, promote blood circulation, have an immediate effect on high blood pressure, heat stroke and muscle pain due to cold arthralgia.
Modern research shows Gua sha produces an anti-inflammatory and immune protective effect that persists for days following a single Gua sha treatment. This accounts for its effect on pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, wheezing, nausea and vomiting. Gua sha has been shown effective in acute and chronic internal organ disorders including liver inflammation in hepatitis.
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine therapy using moxa made from dried mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris). The moxa is often formed into small cones and placed on the skin or rolled into a cigar-like shape and passed over the skin in wave-like motions. The radiant heat produced by moxibustion penetrates deeply into the body and is used to restore balance, increase circulation and reduce pain.
The Chinese character for Acupuncture involves both needles and moxibustion and moxa is commonly used in our practice. The burning of moxa will produce potent smoke. For people who have asthma or respiratory problems, smokeless moxa can be used.
AURICULAR (EAR) ACUPUNCTURE
Auricular acupuncture involves the stimulation of the acupuncture points located on the ear with tiny seeds or pellets. They do not pierce the skin and are painless when affixed. There are over 200 points on each ear that represent anatomical parts and functions of the human body. Some acupuncturists dedicate their entire practice to only working with ears.
Auricular therapy is widely used for many conditions including addiction treatment, mood disorders, obesity, pain, smoking cessation and other conditions.