Cupping, Gua Sha, and Moxibustion

Cupping Acupuncture Nurture Whole Health Concord Massachusetts


Cupping is an ancient therapy where glass cups are applied to the skin using some form of suction, usually created through heat or reverse mechanical pressure. The cups help reduce local inflammation, reduce pain, and improve circulation to the area. Most often cupping is used to help treat muscular pain, though it can also be used to treat other conditions such as cough and asthma.

Gua Sha Acupuncture Nurture Whole Health Concord Massachusetts

Gua Sha

Gua Sha is an ancient therapy where a practitioner uses various instruments to gently “scrape” well lubricated skin until therapeutic petechiae (or “sha”) appear. Like cupping, this produces an anti-inflammatory and immune protective effect to the body. Gua sha can be used for immediate relief of pain, stiffness, fever, chills, cough, sore throat, etc.

Moxibustion Acupuncture Nurture Whole Health Concord Massachusetts


Moxibustion is Chinese Medicine therapy where heat is applied to certain points on the body in order to warm the body, remove stagnation, and improve circulation. The Chinese herb Artemisia Vulgaris is used to produce this warming material, also known as "moxa." The wool from the leaves of this plant is used to make moxa cones or sticks. Moxa can be applied to the body directly, on top of an acupuncture needle, or from a distance using a moxa stick. It produces a pleasant and warming sensation, and is often use to enhance the effect of acupuncture treatments.

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