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04. Cupping & Moxa

Old methods of Traditional Chinese Medicine (T.C.M )     














Cupping

Glass cups are warmed using a cotton ball which is soaked in alcohol then placed inside the cup. 
Burning a substance inside the cup removes all the oxygen, which creates a vacuum.

The cup is turned upside-down so that the practitioner can place the cup over a specific area. 
The vacuum created by the lack of oxygen anchors the cup to the  skin and pulls it upward on the inside of the glass as the air inside the jar cools.

The suction from the cups pulls toxins deep in the tissues to the surface.
It can appear as light pink to dark purple marks on the body.

The more discoloration that surfaces, the greater amount of stagnation and toxicity needs to be purged.

They are NOT bruises !! The skin is NOT broken !!

These purlple marks are the expression of internal stagnation and congestion brought to the surface of the body.

The therapist can also use ''air cupping'', instead of using a flame to heat the cup, this one is applied to the skin and a suction pump is attached to the rounded end of the jar.

Cupping is used for children and adults, primarily to treat respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, asthma and congestion.
Loosen stiff muscles, encourage blood flow, relieve back and neck pain, headaches, anxiety, fatigue, rheumatism, relax the nervous system.




Moxibustion

Moxa is a form of "fire heat" treatment that stimulates specific acupuncture points of the body. 

The term is derived from the Japanese "mogusa" meaning herb (mugwort) and the Latin "bustion" meaning burning.   

In indirect moxibustion, the therapist lights one end of a moxa stick (roughly the shape and size of a cigar) and holds it one inch or two away from the skin to bring mild warmth to the area without burning. 

The intensity of the heat is adjusted according to the patient's condition and comfort.

In addition to increasing the local blood flow, moxa is extremely comforting and can create a deep relaxation response. 




Eliminates cold and dampness, stimulates the immune system. 

Lungs congestion or complaints, lower back pain, poor digestion, gas, diarrhea, kidneys and bladder disorder, knee and joint problem, headaches, migraines, female health...