Moxibustion or Moxa uses the power of herbs and heat to activate blood flow and intensify the function of energy circulation (Qi) within the body. The process entails the burning of cones made from Mugwort plant on areas of the body to accomplish precise healing effects. While this process may sound painful, it is not. During the procedure patients experience gentle warmth from a stick of moxa that is held close to the skin to warm the acupoint. Acupuncture is often used in conjunction with this treatment to stimulate the body. Moxa is used to relieve fatigue, diarrhoea, asthma, lower back pain, rheumatic pain, and some gynaecological disorders.
Cupping is an ancient East Asian therapy in which a hemispherical cup is applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup is reduced (either by heat or suction) in order to draw and hold skin. It is used to treat localised congestion and other systemic disorders. Sometimes, while the suction is active, the cup is moved, causing the skin and muscle to be pulled. This is called gliding cupping. At Melbourne Acupuncture, we use cupping for abdominal pain, arthritic pain, stomachache, headache, indigestion, back pain, menstrual cramps, symptoms of hypertension and the common cold.
Gua Sha is a skin rubbing technique that restores blood flow to tense, knotted and traumatised areas as a means of promoting the metabolic process and healthy circulation of vital energy. Gua Sha is sometimes referred to as “spooning” or “coining” and temporarily leaves a slight speckled mark called Sha. Gua Sha is considered by some therapists as a critical treatment in the successful resolution of old traumatic injuries.
Qigong (pronounced Chee Goong) is an ancient Chinese system of exercise and meditation that calms the mind and improves mental clarity. There are many forms practised ranging from still meditative styles to Taiqi like forms.