Gua Sha, Cupping, Moxibustion, Intradermals, Blood Letting, Press Tacs and Ear Pellets

 Moxibustion / MOXA

Moxabustion is technique where an herb, dried moxaacupuncture points.
(Artemesia Vulgaris), is burned on or above the skin on needles, in moxa poles or small cones.

The heat warms and activates the Qi and Blood of the body for the treatments of pain, disease or health maintenance.

What Conditions is Moxabustion Used For?
Moxa can be used for a wide variety of conditions such as
 muscular & tendon pain, menstrual disorders and cramps, cold's and the flu, asthma, diarrhea and vomiting.

Is Moxabustion Painful?
Indirect moxabustion feels warm and very good. Direct moxabustion burns for about 3-5 seconds. Both methods are very effective.

Bleeding & Bleeding Cups 

Bleeding is an ancient and powerful treatment to increase circulation and invigrate fresh blood into an injury by removing old stuck blood. In doing so it often removes many toxins held in the tissues leading to many underlying problems. It can instantly resolve sore throats, headaches, clear skin and help heal chronic conditions that linger despite conventional treatments. There is very little pain caused by the lancet and usually only a few drops are drawn- don't be scared by the picture to your left, i have patients call me to bleed them when they get sick now (testimony to its effects).


In a typical cupping session, glass cups are warmed using a cotton ball or other flammable substance, which is soaked in alcohol, let, then placed inside the cup. Burning a substance inside the cup removes all the oxygen, which creates a vacuum.

As the substance burns, the cup is turned upside-down so that the practitioner can place the cup over a specific area. The vacuum created by the lack of oxygen anchors the cup to the skin and pulls it upward on the inside of the glass as the air inside the jar cools. Drawing up the skin is believed to open up the skin’s pores, which helps to stimulate the flow of blood, balances and realigns the flow of qi, breaks up obstructions, and creates an avenue for toxins to be drawn out of the body.

 Intradermals And Ear Pellets

Intradermal acupuncture needles (Hinaishin) and press tack needles (empishin) are used within Japanese Acupuncture treatments. These methods are often applied to the patient before going home to prolong the effects of treatment.

You may wash and shower when you have intradermals or press tacks in. However, avoid vigorous washing or scrubbing of areas where intradermals have been applied. If an intradermal or press tack becomes loose, do not try to reinsert it. Normally, intradermals or press tacks should be left in for a maximum of 3 days.

Gua Sha

Gua Sha is a healing technique used in Asia by practitioners of Traditional Medicine, in both the clinical setting and in homes, but little known in the West despite its ancient roots.
 It involves palpation and cutaneous stimulation where the skin is pressured, in strokes, by a round-edged instrument; that results in the appearance of small red petechiae called 'sha', that will fade in 2 to 3 days.The vibration felt from the treatment and the color lifted from the tissues reveals fribrotic tissue changes /  adhesions / scarring as well as the amount of toxins built up from poor circulation, 
The treatment creates an inflammatory response to heal the local area, improves circulation, releases tissue toxins and aids in reformattiing misaligned tissue from the bodies own healing process. it is very effective in treating muscular / tendino pain situations.
Raising Sha removes blood stagnation considered pathogenic, promoting normal circulation and metabolic processes.The patient experiences immediate relief from pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, nausea, and so on. Gua Sha is valuable in the prevention and treatment of acute infectious illness, upper respiratory and digestive problems, and many other acute or chronic disorders.

For the clinician:

  •   Provides improved diagnostic       treatment
  •   Detects major and minor fibrotic changes
  •   Reduces manual stress; provides hand and joint conservation
  •   Increases patient satisfaction by achieving notably better outcomes
  •   Expands business and revenue opportunities
For the patient:
  •   Decreases overall time of treatment
  •   Fosters faster rehabilitation/recovery
  •   Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication
  •   Resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent