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Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.

Cupping therapy might be trendy now, but it’s not new. It dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.

Since 1950, Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) cupping therapy has been applied as a formal modality in hospitals throughout China and elsewhere in the world.  Recently, Australian and Chinese researchers reviewed 135 studies on cupping. They concluded that cupping therapy may be effective when people also get other treatments, like acupuncture or medications, for various diseases and conditions.

The British Cupping Society recommend cupping therapy for:

  • Blood disorders such as anemia and hemophilia

  • Rheumatic diseases such as arthritis and fibromyalgia

  • Bronchial congestion caused by allergies and asthma

  • Skin problems such as eczema and acne

  • Fertility and gynecological disorders

  • High blood pressure

  • Migraines
  • Anxiety and depression

  • Varicose veins


Moxibustion is similar to medical acupuncture, except that instead of needles, we use burning moxa wool to treat or prevent diseases. Like acupuncture needles, moxa is often applied on the meridians and their acupuncture points; and like acupuncture its wonderful for simulating your chi and blood, which in turn ensures that your organs function well.While we can use acupuncture to treat most illnesses, moxibustion is a useful type of treatment for certain types of conditions only.

Function of moxibustion:

  • Warm meridians, xpel cold, and relief pain

  • Prevent illness and promote health

  • Coughs and other respiratory problems

  • Digestive symptoms

  • Menstrual cramps

  • Increase the flow of Qi and blood

  • Ascend Yang Qi

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Moxa is usually made from the dried leafy material of Chinese mugwort (Artemesia argyi or A.vlugaris), but it can be made of other substances as well.

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