Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a holistic approach to your general well-being, as well as a great adjunct therapy to conventional medicine for a multitude of diseases and discomforts.
Moxa is the dried leaf of the mugwort plant that is processed into several forms for treatment delivery. Typically, moxa is burnt either directly on the skin (with a protective barrier such as salt or a slice of ginger) or indirectly above the desired area to be treated; the herb is very helpful for warming up the meridians and effective to treat several types of pain, including arthritis and menstrual cramps.
Cupping is the use of small cups made out of glass (and in some cases, bamboo) with heat to create a vacuum to be placed on top of the skin over certain points in the body. Cupping helps promote circulation which can be very helpful in certain instances of pain. Cupping treatments is helpful to relieve certain types of muscle aches, it may feel like a deep tissue massage.
Gua sha is the gentle scraping of the skin with a smooth-surfaced tool (often times, a soup spoon typically found in many Asian restaurants) that helps promote circulation. It is a very helpful treatment if you can feel a cold coming on, great to help stop the cold in its tracks before it becomes full blown!
Known often as “Asian Bodywork”, Tuina is used to promote the circulation of Qi and blood along the meridians of the body, and is a great alternative for children who are unable to stay still long enough for a traditional acupuncture treatment. Acupressure focuses on the same acu-points acupuncture does.