ORIENTAL MEDICINE TECHNIQUES
Gua Sha is a technique that involves stimulating the skin surface using a smooth-edged instrument. It is used to promote blood circulation to a large part of the body. Gua Sha treatments can not only help relax muscles, it is used in the treatment of acute respiratory illness.
Cupping consists of glass jars applied to the body with a partial vacuum. This technique increases blood circulation over the treatment area to release stagnant qi and to alleviate pain.
Moxibustion (moxa) is a form of heat therapy used in Oriental Medicine. The herb artemesia vulgaris (mugwort) is smoldered on or near acupuncture points to warm the body and to move stagnant qi. Moxa can be placed on a needle or held directly over the skin.