Moxibustion

Moxibustion

Moxa is a dried herb, usually mugwart, which is used in Chinese Medicine for its warming and strengthening properties. Moxibustion involves burning the dried herb moxa to release it’s healing properties and stimulating acupuncture points. Like Tui Na, moxibustion has been used in China for thousands of years and dates back long before acupuncture. Moxibustion, has also evolved in other Asian medical systems including; Japan, Korea, Tibet, and Vietnam.

Moxa can be applied either directly to the skin, or indirectly using a pre-rolled stick (especially useful when working with channels) or placed on an acupuncture needle. When applied directly to acupuncture points, it is usually fashioned into a cone shape and depending on the condition being treated, may be placed on a slice of ginger, garlic or mound of salt.

Sally sometimes uses Moxa as part of either an acupuncture or tui na treatment.

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Cupping Therapy

Cupping is another ancient therapy used to prevent and cure many different illnesses. Used extensively in China, but also evolved in many other parts of the world.

Used especially in the treatment of musculo skeletal conditions, but not exclusively; cupping is particularly helpful for clearing colds and flu.

The suction created when the cups are applied move Qi thus relieving stagnation and pain. They can leave red marks, but this is a sign that blockages are clearing and should dissipate within a couple of days.

When the cups are in place the suction of the skin into the cup can be felt, some describe it as an “inside out massage”. However, once in place they should not be painful and people usually find the process very relaxing and comforting.

Different techniques are used, cups may be left in one place, or sliding cupping involves applying oil and moving the cups around the affected area or along the channels.

Sally often applies cups whilst carrying out other parts of the treatment such as acupuncture or tui na.

Cupping Therapy

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Gua Sha

Gua Sha

Gua Sha is another ancient therapy still commonly and widely practiced in China; families learn to treat each other and it is even possible to treat yourself!

Gua Sha means scraping in Chinese and is performed with a tool which has a smooth, curved edge, often made of jade though household implements like soup spoons can be just as effective. Gua Sha is particularly effective for treating aches and pains especially arthritis pain, musculoskeletal pain, long term injuries and also for colds and flu.

Oil is applied to the skin and the tools are scraped along the affected area. Sometimes a redness comes out on the skin, this is known as “Sha” and is a sign of stagnation becoming unblocked. This should dissipate within 2 or 3 days depending on the patient.

Sally uses Gua Sha in conjunction with either acupuncture or tui na.

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