Cupping, Gua Sha, and Moxibustion
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 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.