moxibustion & cupping
What is Moxibustion?
Moxibustion is the ancient art of heat therapy. The leaves of the plant Mugwort (Artemesia Vulgaris) are grounded up and either rolled into a solid stick, and burned indirectly over specific acupuncture points, or the powdery substance is burned directly on the acupuncture needle, allowing for heat to deeply penetrate through the needles. The heat increases the circulation of blood and promotes healing. The volatile oils in the herb are also known to increase white blood cell counts and boost immunity.
What is Cupping?
Cupping refers to an ancient practice in which a cup is applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup is reduced (by suctioning out air with a pump), so that the skin and superficial muscle layer is drawn into and held in the cup. In some cases, the cup may be moved while the suction of skin is active, causing a regional pulling of the skin and muscle (the technique is called gliding cupping). Cupping has been documented for thousands of years, on all 5 continents, for medicinal use.
It is very effective for (but not limited to) pain , colds and flu, digestive complaints, and menstrual pain.
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