Chinese Herbs, Moxibustion and Cupping therapy

Chinese herbs

Chinese herbs have been used for centuries

About Chinese herbs

Chinese Herbal Medicine can be used to assist the body in rebalancing and healing itself.

While acupuncture works from the outside in, Chinese herbal medicine works from the inside out, so these two modalities work wonderfully together.

A herbal prescription is given to suit the individual’s illness or imbalances. Concentrated granule herbal formulas and pills are used. These herbs are made up of bark, roots, flowers, leaves and animal products.

Chinese herbs are taken over a period of time until the body begins to heal itself. There are no endangered species used in this practice.


About cupping therapy

Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy and is used to relieve acute and chronic pain. Glass or bamboo cups are applied on various points on muscular parts of the body and is used to relieve muscular tension, stiffness, lung conditions and winter colds. The after effect of this treatment can be very relaxing.


What is Moxibustion?

Moxibustion or Moxa is the burning of Chinese herb called mugwort. The moxa, can come many forms, including a cigar-like moxa rolls, rice grain size and compressed smokeless sticks and cones.

In Chinese Medicine, Mugwort is considered to be warm, acrid and bitter when used in herbal prescription. When burnt, it has similar properties and, thus its warming nature is helpful for expelling cold and damp from the body as well as warming the body’s channels. The bitter and acrid aspect of Mugwort help to break stagnation, clear phlegm and regulate the Qi and blood.

Moxa can be considered to be a parallel therapy to acupuncture, being used to stimulate Qi flow on points of the body that are selected for their specific function. There are forms of moxibustion direct and indirect.

There is no need to be concerned about the burning factor of moxibustion therapy as it is very safe when performed by a qualified and skilled Chinese Medicine practitioner.

How is Moxibustion is performed?

The raw moxa can be burnt as a rice grain size directly on a acupuncture points in order to stimulate the point. It can be burnt over the point as a moxa roll in order to indirectly warm the point and meridian. It can also be rubbed along the meridian in a lion or tiger warmer or placed on the end of an inserted acupuncture needle in order to strengthen the stimulation of an acupuncture point.

Direct moxibustion is used to stimulate specific points or, in scaring moxibustion, a point is burnt so that is continuously stimulate by the healing process.

Indirect moxibustion is used when a larger area such as a meridian or muscle group is to be treated.

What Moxibustion can help with:

  • Colds and flu
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Sports injuries
  • Breech babies
  • Digestive disorders such as diarrhoea
  • Painful periods
  • Pain that worse with cold
  • Back pain
  • Heel spur pain



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Julie Constantine
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