Cupping, Moxa, & Gua Sha are traditional medical massage techniques that may be added to any acupuncture treatment, depending on your diagnosis and treatment plan.
What is Cupping?
This ancient treatment method involves using glass cups to create suction on the body. Cupping alleviates muscle pain and various types of illness and disharmony in the body. The method has been used for centuries throughout Europe and Asia as a tried and true remedy. It is an enjoyable and soothing treatment, much like a massage, with great medical benefit.
Cupping, much like Gua Sha, may leave the skin discolored for a few days. It is not at all painful, and the markings will completely disappear in a few days.
What is Moxa (Moxibustion)?
Moxibustion is a healing technique where Moxa (also known as Ai Ye, or mugwort) is heated and burned over specific acupuncture points on the body. The burning of moxa warms the meridians and smoothes out the flow of blood and Qi throughout the body. This technique has been used for thousands of years throughout asia to alleviate dysfunction and promote health. Moxibustion is a very enjoyable adjunct to acupuncture treatments.
What is Gua Sha?
Gua Sha is a type of friction massage also referred to as “scraping” or “spooning”. It is traditionally preformed by gently scraping the skin, usually around the neck and back, with a Chinese soup spoon. This action promotes blood flow to the area, increasing white blood cell production, thus, supporting and promoting the body’s immune system. Gua Sha is an excellent treatment for colds and flu-like symptoms.
Gua Sha, much like Cupping, may leave the skin discolored for a few days. It is not at all painful, and the markings will completely disappear in a few days.