Moxibustion is the application of heat, by burning the herb Artemisia. The heat produced penetrates deeper into the body than a heat pack, thus affecting the meridians. It may be used to treat conditions where there is a feeling of cold, muscular pains or fatigue. When used on certain points, research has shown it enhances the immune system by increasing white blood cell count when it is low, which acts as both a treatment and a preventative.
“ 'While Wormwood hath seed get a handful or twaineTo save against March, to make flea to refraine:
Where chamber is sweeped and Wormwood is strowne,
What saver is better (if physick be true)
For places infected than Wormwood and Rue?
It is a comfort for hart and the braine
And therefore to have it it is not in vaine.'— The Common Wormwood held a high reputation in medicine among the Ancients. Tusser (1577)
What is Moxibustion
What is Cupping
Cupping uses ‘cups’ which may be made of bamboo, glass, or plastic. A vacuum within the cup is created and then placed on the body. Cups may be placed on the body and left for 10-20 minutes. This will vary on the condition, the environment, and the types of cups used. Or the cups may be moved along the body, especially is the cases of pain to increase circulation and relax the muscles. Cupping can be used for conditions such as pain, arthritis, colds, cough, and pain. It should be noted that cups can cause marks, which are not painful and generally fade within several days.
What is Gua Sha
Gua Sha uses a tool to ‘scrape’ along the meridians, to improve the immune system, decrease inflammation ad decrease pain. Like cupping it can leave marks on the body that generally fade within several days.
These modalities are generally used as part of an acupuncture or massage treatment.