Cupping

Cupping can be used with mechanical cups, where a hand pump creates a vacuum or fire cups where a flame is quickly inserted then removed in a glass cup, burning oxygen, then the cup is placed on the skin creating suction. The effect is massage of the tissues creating reverse pressure, stretching muscles, releasing adhesions, relieve pain, and causing chemical with fluid exchange. The cups can be slid back and forth after the application of oil or lotion. Many clients request cupping as part of their therapy. A small amount of cupping can be integrated into an acupuncture treatment, if time is taken away from another procedure. More extensive cupping therapy is billed separately.

Cupping
30 min - $30

Moxa

Moxa comes from the fuzz from a type of mugwort (Folium Artemisiae Argyi) The moxa is rolled into sticks resembling cigars, or cigarettes, ignited, then used to warm and therefore treat various areas of the body. Moxa can be attached to acupuncture needles, rolled into shapes such as a thread, a grain of rice or a Hershey's kiss candy. Then it can be burned directly on the skin or indirectly on a slice of garlic or ginger. There are numerous devices used to burn moxa as it can be used on large or small areas. The effect is to make acupuncture more tonifying, warming, increasing circulation of blood and fluids, decreasing inflammation and pain, and increasing immunity. I tend not to burn moxa as it requires additional time, the smoke and smell clings to clothes and hair, other clients will find the clinic smell offensive, and it requires a ventilation system. Instead, I use an essential oil of moxa, applied to acupuncture points or broader areas, usually with the addition of hot packs or a far infra-red mineral heat lamp. In some cases, there is no substitution for the use of moxa, such as the use of moxa cones to assist in correcting breach presentations in pregnancy.

Gua Sha

Gua Sha is a technique of applying a lubricant to the skin followed by rubbing or scraping with a special tool which brings up a pink skin flush on the skin. This releases muscle tension, promotes lymphatic and blood circulation. The result is activation of the immune system, release of toxins, increased function and firming of the skin. Another use is that it shows which tissues are more congested therefore requiring treatment. Facial Gua Sha is popular in cosmetic facials, applied more gently, leaving the skin more vibrant.

Qi Gong

Qi Gong is a form of energy healing which is provided by a practitioner or practiced alone. There are multiple types such as Tai Chi, which involves meditation and movement. All styles are connected to Chinese medicine, martial arts, art and philosophy, Astrology, I Ching & Divination. The idea is to learn to gather and concentrate vital energy, then direct it to a constructive purpose. The therapy can be applied hands on or at a distance. In China there are Qi Gong hospitals where patients, usually very weak and sick (commonly cancer patients) go to be treated and to learn from recognized and respected master practitioners. Personally, I mostly use Qi Gong on patients who are too weak to benefit from acupuncture, in conjunction with herbal medicine if possible. Patients undergoing cancer treatment may be advised to avoid herbal medicine. However, these skills may be used with all patients as an aid in diagnosis or a quick balancing. I occasionally treat patients using Qi Gong alone.