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Moxibustion is useing special herbs to applicat heat to acupuncture points and is one of the oldest and most effective forms of oriental therapy. It is a technique that originated in China more than thousands years.

Moxibustion is best combined with Acupuncture but, when done alone, can also achieve excellent results. In China, moxibustion is used for the treatment of a wide range of disorders. It is also used regularly for the prevention of disease and the maintenance of health and well being.

Moxibustion is a technique that uses burning moxa, herbs from dried plant leaves, on or above the skin to warm acupuncture points and channels. The dried, wool-like leaves of this plant are molded into balls, cones or sticks. The heat from the burning plant warms the channels and then eliminate the cold wind, and/or dampness of the body.

Direct- The moxa is placed on the skin, either by itself or on top of a slice of ginger, garlic or on salt.
Indirect- The moxa is in a stick form and it is lit at one end and waved above the skin.

Some common conditions that benefit from Moxibustion are: abdominal pain, diarrhea, arthritis and gynecological disorders.

There is no doubt that moxibustion works, but there are still many things unknown about the mechanism of it. We can deduce what it does by studying many of the case histories available to us.

1. Moxibustion normalizes the function of the autonomic nervous system. Mainly, it stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, promoting peristaltic motion in the intestines, contraction of the uterus, contraction of the bladder, etc.
2. Moxibustion stimulates the immune system. Its cauterizing action stimulates an immune response.
3. Moxibustion also promotes hormone secretion. A very interesting fact is that moxibustion seems to stimulate hormone secretions when they are too low and represses them when they are too high. This leads us to the next principle of moxibustion.
4. Moxibustion has a double adjustment function or autonomic adjustment function. For example, moxibustion for constipation makes stools softer and normalizes bowel movement, and for diarrhea it makes stools harder and normalizes bowel movement. It seems moxa has a homeostatic effect on the body, causing a perfect physiologic balance.
5. Moxibustion makes the problems of the body more apparent. It makes an unclear condition more distinguishable and easier to handle. 


Cupping is a technique used for a wide variety of conditions such as arthritis, headache, low back pain, painful menstruation, and the common cold. 
In the past, cups were made from animal horns, bamboo, ceramic, brass and iron. Today, cups are made of glass and come in a variety of sizes to fit specific body surfaces. By putting heat near the opening, suctioned out air creates a vacuum which then pulls the skin into the glass. A single cup or multiple cups are used on acupuncture points to break up local congestion and relieve pain.
This process should not be painful, but your skin can be temporarily reddened, raised, and have a bruised look following treatment, but it wouldn’t be sore.

There are several ways that cupping can be used.

Running Cupping- cup edges can be lubricated and placed over large, flat areas of the back or legs, and then moved up and down to strongly increase vital life energy flow.

Stationary Cupping- cup can be place on acupuncture points without movement.

Combination- cups can be placed over needles for deeper stimulation.


“What is that?” You may ask. Gua (gwa), meaning to scrape or extract and Sha (shaw), meaning sand or toxins. It is a traditional ancient Chinese healing technique that dates back over three thousand years. This ancient method of promoting vital life energy, blood circulation and removal of toxic heat, stagnant blood and lymph fluid from the body is an extremely important, almost miraculous method of improving ones health.

Gua Sha is a healing technique used in China by practitioners of Traditional Medicine, in both the clinical setting and in homes, but little known in the West. It involves palpation and cutaneous stimulation where the skin is pressured, in strokes, by a round-edged instrument; that results in the appearance of small red petechiae called 'sha', that will fade in 2 to 3 days.  If it is slower to fade, poor blood circulation is indicated.

Raising Sha removes blood stagnation considered pathogenic, promoting normal circulation and metabolic processes. The patient experiences immediate relief from pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, nausea, and so on. Gua Sha is valuable in the prevention and treatment of acute infectious illness, upper respiratory and digestive problems, and many other acute or chronic disorders.

Do you suffer from chronic pain? Excess systemic toxicity? Poor circulation? Lymphatic congestion? Inflammation? Fatigue? Infections? Physical or emotional stress? If so, then you will greatly benefit from Gua Sha treatments.

The method of applying Gua Sha involves the layering of Gua Sha oil on the skin. This oil is enhanced either with healing herbs or essential oils chosen to aid the extraction of toxic waste. The skin is then scraped in the area of discomfort or at times on the entire body using a specific Gua Sha tool depending on whether the treatment is for physical or emotional healing. Gua Sha treatments are not painful. As the body is scraped it pushes a build-up of fluid ahead of it, and after it passes, it leaves an indention or vacuum behind which draws toxic fluid out to the skins surface from deep within the tissues, the toxic fluid (Sha), as it floods to the surface is seen as small red, deep purple or green pools of blood and very often is hot on the area that the toxic heat is extracted. Red spots are an indication that toxins are being released. Where the area is deep purple the blood is old and extremely stagnant. A dark green discoloration is a sign that stagnant blood and toxic are being released from the system. Sometimes a clear fluid will draw to the surface in a form that resembles cellulite or goose bumps. Where the skin starts out as a green glow which turns to red during the treatment, is a sign that pain or stagnant is being removed. The exposing of the Sha is literally removing disease from deep within the system.

Gua Sha creates a suction on the skin that pulls stagnant intercellular fluid to the surface, removing toxic debris, and replacing it with fresh oxygenated, nutrient rich fluid, which in turn accelerates regeneration and revitalizes the region where cancer cells may or already have manifested.

Unlike acupuncture, although it is extremely valuable also, Gua Sha can treat not only the meridian system but the entire system. This is why the Chinese utilize Gua Sha as their foremost treatment in the prevention of disease. Gua Sha can be used to treat, alleviate and heal chronic degenerative diseases, migraines, chronic neck, shoulder and back pain, bone spurs, strains and sprains, menstrual disorders, insomnia, heart disease, hypertension, Vertigo, sinusitis, ear and eye disorders, chronic infections, sciatica, osteo arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, neuralgia, asthma, cysts and tumors, carpal tunnel syndrome, stress, digestive disorders, muscle aches, breast pain, varicose veins, skin disorders, blood disorders and liver, spleen, kidney, bladder, pancreatic stress and much more. If you are suffering from any of the these ailments, then it is time to do something beneficial for yourself and experience Gua Sha and its advantages firsthand by making an appointment with a practitioner that offers this therapy and getting yourself on the road to recovery.

What are the benefits of Gua Sha? Gua Sha can be used to prevent and treat diseases and strengthen the body. Especially in the area of pain relief it is unequalled. It has a very quick effect on pain from head, neck, shoulder, joint and back pain to fibromyalgy, sciatica and other nerve pain, migraine, PMS, osteoporosis, rheumatism. It has as well an obvious effect on various diseases caused by functional disharmony of the internal organs.

In summarizing guasha is stimulating the immune system, detoxifies and de-acidifies, promotes the circulation, regulates functions and organs, removes blockades and pain, revitalizes and regenerates ("life-extension"), diminishes stress, fatigue and burn-out, improves e.g. cures (indirectly) countless (chronic) disorders and complaints, rebalances emotions, relaxes and promotes clarity of mind...everything through one simple treatment. 

Chinese Nutrition: Healing with Food 

Food therapy is based largely on Chinese herbal medicine. Like herbs, foods have been traditionally categorized by the energy they have and the reactions they cause when eaten. Chinese Nutrition is not so dependant on the our food groups Rather, it is more about understanding the individual constitution and recommending foods that will help him/her become more balanced energetically. 
Here are the five energies of food and examples of each. 

·  Hot

pepper, ginger, garlic...

·  Warm

coffee, vinegar, chicken...

·  Cold

banana, tofu, yogurt...

·  Cool

mint, strawberry, wheat...

·  Neutral

rice, potato, raspberry...

Foods flavor qualities are also linked by their effect on specific different organ systems.
Here are the five flavors in food that affect your internal organs.

·  Pungent

(ginger, peppermint)

lungs and large intestine

·  Sweet

(honey, watermelon)

stomach and spleen

·  Sour

(lemons, plums)

liver and gall bladder

·   Bitter

(coffee, vinegar)

heart and small intestine

·  Salty

(barley, seaweed)

kidneys, bladder

Specific foods can be recommended according to your condition and underlying health. Selecting the proper food becomes an important part of self-care and preventative care.





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