Moxibustion

Moxibustion is the technique of applying a moxa roll ember above the skin. Moxa rolls are either packed dried Ai ye, an herb cousin to the Chrysanthenum, rolled into a stick, or a compressed Ai ye charcoal. The roll is lit or heated until an ember is formed at the tip. The tip is then held inches above the skin to apply heat to the area. It is used to remove cold, and to promote circulation in stagnant tight areas. The acrid smoke is also soothing and slightly mentholated.

Moxibustion is used for Breech, Dysmenorrhea, Arthritis, Diarrhea, Abdominal pain, and Muscular pain.

Cupping

Cupping is the technique of taking a creating a vacuum in a glass or plastic cup and putting it on the surface of the skin. Heat or suction is used. The vacuum raises the skin and frees the circulation underneath. It is a very effective technique for sore muscles, and lumbar strain. Cupping is not painful, however, it does leave marks on the skin like a pink to purplish bruise. The marks are painless and will disappear after a few days.

Tui-na Massage

Tui-na is a Chinese orthopedic massage that works towards aligning the body properly. It is a hands on technique that lightly and vigorously relieves muscle tension, circulates blood, and resets the joints and limbs.