Cupping is used in Asian and Middle Eastern healing traditions. Glass jars are vacuumed onto skin of the back, chest, neck, legs, or area of injury. They improve circulation and draw out toxins. They can be used to draw out a chest cold that is lodged in the chest or upper back and neck muscles or body aches due to illness, fatigue, or strain. On an injured area, they increase blood flow to a painful area to reduce pain and speed recovery.
Moxa is a heat treatment using the plant Artemisia vulgaris or mugwort to stimulate acupuncture points. The warmth from the plant and fire enter the acupuncture channel to tonify, warm, or dry dampness from it. Moxa is generally used for cold, damp or depleted conditions during the colder seasons and is very relaxing and comfortable. It also increases circulation in female organs and helps bring them health and harmony. It is commonly used for joint achiness, infertility, menstrual disorders, hypothyroidism, and digestive problems. It can stand alone as treatment and is used spiritually in Chinese Medicine and Native American healing traditions.
Gua Sha uses a Chinese soup spoon to stimulate or massage certain meridians. It feels good and is commonly used at home or in clinic to prevent colds and flues, help sleep, and alleviate morning sickness. Children are also very responsive to gua sha treatment.
Essential oils are very concentrated volatile oils from different plants. They are healing to many systems, including nervous, digestive, and circulatory. They can be used on different points to help regulate hormones, dislodge mucous and phlegm, help sleep for children, alleviate stress, lift spirits, increase circulation, or stimulate fatigued organs with foot reflexology (amongst others).
Self Treatment Practices
Self Treatment Practices and Modalities
The following are recommended examples of ways one can balance energy and restore or build healthy living in addition to acupuncture treatment. After all, all healing is self healing (with some help from some compassionate spirits)!
- Qi gong
- Tai qi
- Connection with nature and beauty
- Gratitude and Forgiveness