Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy in which the dried herb “mugwort” (Artemisia vulgaris) is burned near the surface of the skin in order to trigger natural healing responses in the body. The use of moxibustion predates acupuncture, with records of the practice dating back many centuries B.C.
In essence, the heat from moxibustion penetrates deeply into the body, giving a warming effect which lasts for several days after the treatment. This kind of stimulation, at specific points on the body, can dramatically boost the immune system and trigger other profound effects, which include a reduction in blood coagulation time and an increase in adrenal activity. In clinical practice, moxibustion lifts the spirits and is very effective for many types of mild depression or fatigue. For stiff or painful muscles and joints, acupuncture combined with moxibustion is one of the best treatments available.
Traditionally, cupping has been used to improve blood circulation in the underlying tissues and to stimulate the internal organs. As a result, cupping is indicated for a wide range of digestive, respiratory or gynecological problems where stagnation of qi or blood is indicated.
During a cupping treatment session, the patient experiences a gentle pulling sensation which calms the sympathetic nerves and allows a deep relaxation to move through the whole body. It is not unusual for patients to fall asleep during the treatment, waking up afterwards feeling relaxed and invigorated.
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