Using tiny, sterile needles, specific points on the body are activated to treat many different concerns. The points and their functions have been located precisely and described in detail over millennia. Used to treat everything from headaches to hot flashes, anxiety to acid reflux.
A gentle suction is created using a glass or silicone cup, allowing the pressure to come off underlying tissues. Cupping is very relaxing and helpful for muscle pain, tendonitis and other concerns.
Gua sha treatment involves press-stroking a smooth edged instrument firmly over the skin. A thin layer of oil is applied first to help glide the gua sha tool comfortably over the area being treated. It is used especially to treat stubborn muscle tension and headaches.
The Chinese characters usually translated into English as “acupuncture” actually encompass both acupuncture and moxibustion. It is said that any condition not treatable using acupuncture may be treated instead with moxa.
Moxa is a herb, also called artemesia vulgaris, or mugwort. A roll of dried plant material the size of a grain of rice is placed on a special protective cream at an acupuncture point, then touched with the glowing end of an incense stick and allowed to smoulder down to the cream. A gentle, concentrated heat is transmitted into the point, activating its function. It can be used to warm the whole body, treat stubborn localized pain like frozen shoulder, and to turn a foetus from a breech position to head down, ready for birth.
Moxa creates a comforting sensation of heat as it stimulates blood flow, opening the channels and warming the meridians.
Tacks and Seeds
Certain conditions respond especially well to taking the treatment home with you. Tiny needles on medical tape, called tacks, can be worn home for continuing stimulation of points. Seeds, also on tape, can be placed on acupuncture points in the ears, and stimulated several times daily by pressing. Useful for acute and chronic conditions.