Moxibustion (moxa) is a form of heat therapy used in traditional Chinese medicine. Moxa is a processed herb called mugwort (artemesia) that is burned in order to warm areas of the body or specific acupuncture points and stimulate blood circulation. It can be beneficial to sore muscles or injured areas and also hasten healing. Other uses include immune enhancement, cold and allergy prevention, and warming the "cold-to-the-bone" patient, as it's properties are able to penetrate deep.
Acupuncture has been used in China for at least 2,500 years and is one of the world’s oldest medical systems. It is the insertion of hair-thin needles into the body at specific locations. The insertion of these needles triggers the body’s own natural healing mechanisms (blood, lymph and the immune system), and nudges you toward restored balance and vitality. Acupuncture is safe, effective, and has no side effects or drug interactions. Your acupuncture treatment plan is as unique as you and your needs. Acupuncture works at different rates for different people. Most likely, you will feel a heavy sensation as the needles begin to do their work. If a needle feels "sticky," sharp or uncomfortable, then the practitioner will move it until it feels comfortable. Even though your practitioner is trained to know exactly where to place each needle on what are called "meridians" (pathways) ach person's body is different.
Cupping is a therapy used to promote circulation within the superficial muscle layers. It is used for sore muscles, tension, common colds, and cough or asthma. The cup (a round glass jar) is placed on a specific area of the body. A vacuum is created with the cup using heat, and it suctions to the body when place on the skin. The cups may leave marks on the skin (the shape of each cup) with varying degrees of redness that dissipate over time. Cupping is not only therapeutic, but also feels like a deep tissue massage.
Gua sha is another therapy used to promote circulation in specific areas of the body. It also works within the superficial muscle layers for releasing tension, tightness, and constriction. The technique involves using a smooth-edged instrument to scrape or rub a tight area of muscle. Trigger points can also be activated and used to release muscle tension at this time. The techniques and motions used in gua sha allow the practitioner to massage the muscle(s) and helps to unbind it / them and promote relaxation of the muscle(s). At the same time, the freeing of the muscle contraction(s) allows blood to flow through as an emollient, bringing red blood cells and oxygen to the area to begin the process of healing and reducing inflammation. The blood will rise to the top during this treatment to show where it is stagnating. This is called "petechiae." It could leave some bruising after treatment but it does not hurt. It actually feels good as the tension is released and muscles are brought to a relaxed state. The redness from treatment dissipates over time.
** NOTE** After having either gua sha or cupping done, the patient will be advised not to take a shower, go in to any cold bodies of water or sit under a cold draft or in front of a fan for at LEAST 24 hours. The pores will be open and this is when it is possible to get sick if careful precautions are not taken.
Tuina is the name for Chinese massage. It literally translates to pushing-grasping. This therapeutic massage is especially good for treating musculo-skeletal issues and injuries that generally involve body pain. Tuina focuses on pain relief for muscles, bones, and joints. At Waleli Wellness, we oftentimes use Dr. Ro's liniment and blood mover during this treatment (Muscle Juice), to help the injuries to heal faster.