The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system (which makes it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure)*. It is also used traditionally in China for bronchitis, asthma and chronic respiratory issues.
If you have been diagnosed with Adhesive Scapulitis (Frozen ShoulderI it is recommended that you start your first two treatments with cupping. It is also often used to assist with labor and delivery when a patient is already in pre-labor.
Gua Sha is a myofascial massage technique that uses a ceramic spoon or smoothed edge tool to scrape (within your comfort level) over tight muscles to return proper blood flow to the area and improve oxygenation, break up knots and improve the process of fluid elimination from the area. Gua Sha is also used in the first stage of colds and flus to help bring down fever or improve elimination of toxins. Recently it has become popular as a treatment for facial rejuvination.
For more information about Gua Sha, click the button below.*
Moxibustion is a technique that uses the herb Mugwort. It involves the burning of the herb in a cigar-like form above certain acupuncture points of the body, on an inserted needle or sitting on top of a conduit such as dried garlic, ginger, aconite or salt, each having their own property or a protective cone placed on the body with an adhesive.
Moxa is said to increase the circulation of Qi and blood in the body and to “scatter cold” which when trapped in the body can cause pain. We use indirect smokeless Moxa in the clinic*.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This treatment is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.