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moxaMoxibustion involves the heating of acupuncture points with smoldering mugwort herb (known as moxa). Moxibustion is a Japanese name for a Chinese herb and essentially means cauterization, or applying heat to a specific area. It stimulates circulation, counteracts cold and dampness in the body and promotes the smooth flow of blood and qi.  This safe and non-invasive technique may be used alone, but it is generally used in conjunction with acupuncture.


cuppingCupping is an ancient technique in which a special cup is applied to the skin and held in place by suction. The suction draws superficial tissue, or fasciae up into the cup, which may either be left in place or moved along the body. Cupping helps improve circulation and alleviate stagnation, which may present as pain or a sensation of stuckness in the body. Traditional cupping, sometimes referred to as "fire cupping," uses heat to create a vacuum-like suction inside of glass cups. In modern times, cups that use a small pump to create suction are commonly used.

Gua Sha

Gua ShaGua Sha involves repeated pressured strokes over skin with a smooth edge. The smooth edge is placed against the pre-oiled skin surface, pressed down firmly and then moved down the muscles and along the pathways of acupuncture meridians. It is particularly effective in treating musculoskeletal pain. It improves circulation, detoxifies the body and promotes normal metabolism. When done on the face it can help relieve sinus congestion, decrease puffiness and even out wrinkles. 'Gua' generally means scraping and 'Sha' is the term used to describe stasis in the subcutaneous tissue.



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Allison Rowan, M.Ac., L.Ac.

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