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Cupping & Moxibustion


Cupping therapy was used in Egypt dating back some 3,500 years, where its use is represented in hieroglyphic writing. It is a therapy that uses a stimulus to enhance the body's own defences, stimulating metabolism and enabling the body to excrete substances which have been causing pain or discomfort. Cupping is effective for relief from muscle spasms, back pain, arthritic and rheumatic problems, congestion in the chest resulting from colds and flu.

How cupping works

The therapist places a glass cup, which looks like a small fishbowl, on to the skin, which creates a vacuum. The suction anchors the cup to the body, and the skin is drawn up a little to seal itself. The cups are left on the body whilst the area beneath is treated and the energy is moved.

Moving cupping is a slightly different therapy and feels more like a massage. The practitioner applies massage oil on the patient's skin and then uses a cup with a lighter suction allowing a gentle movement of the cup over the skin. This therapy can be very pleasant and effective for those who has tight muscles, cramps, pain or discomfort on their back, shoulder or neck.

Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves burning of mugwort, a small spongy herb. The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of energy, and maintain general health. During moxibustion, the practitioner lights one end of a moxa stick, roughly the shape and size of a cigar, and holds it close to or moves over the area being treated for several minutes. The patient usually experiences a pleasant heating sensation, but there is no pain, blistering or scarring.
Moxibustion has successfully been used to turn breech babies into a normal head-down position prior to childbirth. A landmark study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 found that up to 75% of women suffering from breech presentations before childbirth had foetuses rotated to their normal position after receiving moxibustion at an acupuncture point on the little toe. Other studies have shown that moxibustion may reduce the symptoms of menstrual cramps and abdominal discomfort when used in conjunction with traditional acupuncture.
(Where necessary, moxibustion is integrated into acupuncture sessions.)

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