Cupping therapy is a method of using suction to pull or move stagnant fluids and blood out of an injured area. The result is a reddened area that subsides following treatment. Some bruising can occur. Cups are usually left in place for 5 to 15 minutes. In this simple way, cupping reduces pain and relaxes tight painful muscles. Cups are also regularly placed over the lungs to stimulate lung qi and improve lung function. In this way, it works to combat the early symptoms of a cold, stimulate expectoration of phlegm later in a cold and reduce the frequency of asthma attacks. Cupping treatment is designed to promote and restore the balance of energy.
Gua Sha is a healing technique used in Asia by practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Gua means to rub or friction. Sha is the term used to describe congestion of blood at the surface of the body. Gua Sha promotes normal circulation to the muscles, tissues, and organs directly beneath the surface treated. The patient experiences immediate changes in stiffness and pain and mobility.
Moxibustion (Moxa) is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, Artemesia Vulgaris, above the skin. Moxibustion has been used for thousands of years to strengthen the immune system and stimulate blood flow to initiate healing and maintain general health. The heat easily penetrates joints providing relief for arthritis and joint related pain.