Glossary of Chinese Medicine Terms & Techniques
Cupping is a therapy that has been used throughout history, in Traditional Chinese, Middle Eastern, and European medicinal practices. Cups can be made of bamboo and rubber, but are typically made of glass and plastic in modern practice. Using heat or suction, a vacuum is created in the cup, which is applied to various areas of the body, commonly the back, shoulders, legs and arms. Cupping regulates the flow of Qi and invigorates the blood, thereby dissipating pain and removing toxins. It is effective for strengthening and increasing energy, reducing acute & chronic pain, relaxing sore muscles, headaches, improving digestion, allergies, asthma, the common cold, and lots more.
Moxibustion is a Traditional Chinese Medicine therapy where dried mugwort, called moxa floss, is burned indirectly or directly over an area of the body or specific acupoint. Moxibustion is effective for joint pain and stiffness, improving digestion, increasing energy, and warming muscles.
Electro-acupuncture involves running a light electric current through an area, through the attachment of small leads to needles that have been inserted into specific acupoints. This therapy is very effective for reducing pain, spasms, and discomfort related to long-standing injury, and lubricating and strengthening the muscles involved in such injuries. It is also used for providing an anesthetic effect.