What is Cupping and Moxibustion anyway?
Cupping and moxibustion are two separate treatments, but are often used to best effect when combined, as they both use heat to stimulate circulation in order to break up stagnant areas of blood and qi (energy).
They are both oriental methods dating back over 2,000 years, and have been used in conjunction with acupuncture therapies . Cupping specializes in treating blood congestion, as well as colds or asthma by drawing blood to the surface of the skin.
Moxibustion, on the other hand, involves burning of the common herb Mugwort and directly applying the heat to certain points on your body to promote the flow of blood and qi.
Moxibustion uses the herb Moxa, the mugwort herb, to facilitate blood flow, tone the patient’s qi (energy), and remove cold, dampness and stagnation in the body. This therapy involves a Moxa stick, which is a large cigar-shaped roll of the herb that has been compressed, being held over specific points on the patient’s body. Moxa, however, can be made into any number of different shapes and placed over acupuncture points on the body, depending on your ailment or requested treatment. Moxa stimulates blood-flow in the pelvic and uterus, and has been used to turn breech babies.
Fire cupping is a method designed to facilitate improved blood-flow and generate qi movement in the patient. It involves applying pressure by creating a vacuum against the patient’s skin. This is achieved by placing a heated glass, plastic, rubber or bamboo cups on the skin with a vacuum. As the air cools, a vacuum effect is created that pulls the blood vessels to the surface of the skin, which creates an acupressure effect. Cups come in various sizes for different parts of the body. The cups may be removed from the skin after a few seconds and replaced again, left in position for a long time, or put on oiled skin and moved around to promote more general blood flow.
Benefits of Cupping and Moxibustion
- lower-back pain (especially that which is affected by the cold)
- ease menstrual cramps and other forms of abdominal pain
- ease joint aches (again, particularly those that are heat-sensitive)
- reduce the appearance of cellulite, and gets rid of swelling
- helping with infertility, and encouraging the turning around breech babies
- removes toxins from certain areas in the body and resupply nutrients in the blood
- calming and relaxing effect on patient
- promotes good digestive functioning
This isn’t for everyone… the guidelines
Cupping is not recommended for people who are pregnant, suffers from cardiac disease or aneurysms or suffers from extreme fatigue or anaemia. Cupping should not be performed on the spine, or on areas with moles or other skin abnormalities. It is not recommended for patients who have a fever, convulsions, inflammation, or those who have recently finished intense exercise.
Moxibustion should not be performed on the face, nipples, genitals or skin abnormalities. It is not recommended for patients suffering from fever, diabetes, or on elderly people. It is recommended that patients do not shower or bathe for up to 24 hours after the treatment has been completed.
Where to find cupping or moxibustion in Ipswich?
Monalisa Roy is a remedial massage therapist at Bremer Chiropractic who specializes in cupping and moxibustion therapy. If you think this could help you be sure and book an appointment today (07) 3812 7118.