Moxibustion, commonly referred to as “moxa,” is an adjunctive therapy that is used for the stimulation of energy. A Chinese herb, “Ai Ye,” (mug wart) is a species of Chrysanthemum that is prepared in sticks, cones or loose, and is burned on or over acupuncture points. The patient feels a mild warmth which penetrates deeply into the surrounding muscles, tissues and acupuncture meridians. This is a safe and relaxing therapy which has been used by Chinese Practitioners for centuries to treat such conditions as: painful joints, digestive problems, painful periods, menopausal symptoms and infertility.
Auricular therapy involves utilization of points in the auricle of the external ear. These points correspond to specific parts of the body and are stimulated in order to diagnose and treat disease.
Auricular stimulation was utilized by the Ancient Chinese, but has been further researched and developed in France. It has therefore been in more modern times that specific ear reflex points were mapped out.
These reflex points can diagnose and treat many common complaints, such as: high blood pressure, chronic back pain, sciatica, headaches, insomnia, stress, anxiety, depression and substance abuse. In fact, auricular therapy is the primary mode of treatment for addictions, smoking control and drug detox.
Practitioners are able to diagnose and treat a patient by first checking the ears for areas of discoloration, for papules, nodules, depressions, flakiness and tenderness. The treatment may consist of acupressure/massaging of the ear, needling, electrical stimulation and even seeds or pellets which may be taped to points for “at home” stimulation/treatment.
Auricular therapy increases endorphins, the body’s natural pain-relieving hormone. It is a convenient modality of Chinese Medicine that produces quick, effective results with little to no side-effects.
Cupping is an art that has been used in Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. Over time it has developed into its own special therapeutic method. It is noted as far back as 28 AD when horns were used for the procedure. Modern day cupping utilizes glass or plastic cups. A cup is drained of air (creating a vacuum) and then applied to the skin. This causes a suction of the skin into the cup. A patient will experience some pulling and stretching of the skin, but no pain.
Cupping works to regulate the flow of blood and Qi and draw out pathogenic factors. Cupping is generally used to treat muscle pain, arthritis, digestive and circulatory problems as well as respiratory conditions, such as the common cold and flu.