Cupping is a technique in which suction cups are placed over an area, usually the back. Cupping is like an inverse massage, in which the muscles are pulled upward versus pushed down. This upward motion stimulates blood flow, loosens muscles, balances the flow of qi energy, draws toxins out of the body, and sedates the nervous system. Cupping helps with certain conditions, including asthma, back pain, fatigue, and even cellulite.
Moxibustion is an ancient form of heat therapy that involves the burning of the medicinal herb mugwort near the surface of the skin. It is used to strengthen the blood, enhance health and longevity, and promote the smooth flow of qi energy. Moxa is a powerful therapy used in turning breech babies, increasing red and white blood cell production, enhancing lymph circulation, pain relief, gynecological problems, and more.
Auriculotherapy, or ear acupuncture, involves stimulating specific points on the ear via acupressure or the superficial insertion of needles. Some of these points correspond to specific parts of the body; others regulate your system such as by lowering blood pressure or inducing relaxation. The needles stimulate the central nervous system. Auricular therapy is beneficial in substance abuse detoxification, curbing cravings, and relieving pain.
Gua Sha, a traditional Chinese Medicine technique, involves scraping a smooth edged tool over the skin causing redness. This friction is therapeutic—used in boosting the immune system, treating asthma and common cold symptoms, and relieving pain or stiffness. Research has shown that gua sha can lower fever, reduce inflammation, and result in a fourfold boost in microcirculation of the scraped area.