Moxibustion is a technique used in traditional Chinese medicine in which a stick or cone of burning mugwort, Artemesia vulgaris, is placed over an inflamed or affected area on the body. The cone is placed on an acupuncture point and burned. The cones are removed before burning the skin. The purpose is to stimulate and strengthen the blood and the life energy, or Qi, of the body.
Moxibustion therapy in conjunction with acupuncture can be very effective for many diseases and conditions including:
- back pain
- muscle stiffness
- digestive disorders
- female health problems such as
- menstrual cramps
- irregular periods
Moxibustion can be applied in many different ways and the expected physiological reactions from moxibustion can greatly vary depending on the type and technique used. By carefully considering the type of moxibustion, and where and how to apply it, moxibustion can be used safely and effectively for almost all patients.
Cupping therapy is an ancient method of Traditional Chinese Medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin. Suction is created using heat (fire) or mechanical devices (hand or electrical pumps). The ancient practitioners believe this mobilizes blood flow in order to promote healing.
The cupping method has the function of warming and promoting the flow of energy in the blood thus dispelling cold, dampness, toxins and winds. It also diminishes swellings and pains.
Cupping has also been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, help activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, activate the skin, clear stretch marks and improve varicose veins. Cupping, the technique, is very useful and very safe and can be easily learned and incorporated into your family health practices.