Cupping, Gua Sha and Moxibustion



Cupping is like a massage from the inside out. An ancient form of healing also known as Hijama in Islamic medicine or Baguanfa, it is used for treating pain and congestion in a local area. A flame is used to create a vacuum inside a specially designed glass cup. When placed on the body, the suction draws up the skin and the underlying tissue. The result is increased circulation to the area, the release of toxins, acupuncture point stimulation and relaxation of tight muscles.  It can produce red, circular, painless marks which are not bruises but rather a release of toxins and tension which shows itself on the skin. Patients do not experience any discomfort or soreness and the marks disappear in a few days. 
They often report immediate relief from pain. I have found it to be an extremely effective and enjoyable treatment for colds, flu, a wide variety of muscle strain injuries, tension and stiffness.