ying yang symbol for gua sha

What is Gua Sha?

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Gua Sha is a technique using a smooth flat or gently curved instrument (like a Chinese soup spoon, for example) to scrape along the skin while pressing firmly into the muscle beneath, until the area becomes red and raised. Sounds a little unpleasant, but it’s really not. In biomedical terms, Gua Sha utilises subcutaneous fascia […]

acupuncture cupping


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Cupping is a manual therapy where a vacuum is created inside a small cup or jar using either flame (to burn the oxygen), or a manual pump. The cup is then applied to a fleshy area of the body, drawing in the tissue. The cups may be left in place or manipulated in different ways […]

acupuncture moxibustion

Moxibustion (or Moxa for short)

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Moxibustion is the burning of the dried leaves of a herb commonly known as Mugwort (the botanical name is Artemesia vulgaris). It comes in various forms: Loose herb, which is slowly smouldered in a special box called a ‘moxa box’, small compact cones that may be placed over a slice of ginger, garlic, or a bed […]