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Cupping and Moxibustion

Cupping and Moxibustion are two therapies used in Chinese Medicine and are great complimentary and/or alternative therapies to acupuncture and herbal medicine.  They are often used during or after an acupuncture session or sometimes as a substitute. These therapies help enhance circulation, clear blockages, activate the lymph system and release toxins from the tissues. Cupping can be used to help out with injuries to soft tissues, to relieve back pain and muscle tension, arthritis, digestive problems  and improve circulation. We may use a single cup for small areas or several cups over a wider area of the body. Moxibustion involves the use of heat and certain herbs (usually Mugwort) to help warm areas of the body, build the blood, promote the movement of qi and facilitate healing. It is especially useful in women’s medicine to help in the pelvic area for things such as menstrual cramps, fertility and hormone imbalances. It is also used to dispel cold from the body, enhance circulation and relieve tension in the body.