Therapeutic Tools

Therapeutic Tools

In addition to the primary treatment methods, there are several therapeutic tools that can be used to enhance the healing process.

Fire Cupping

Cupping is a time-honored therapy that has been a part of traditional medicine across the globe. Its earliest recorded use is found in a book by Ge Hong, a Taoist alchemist and herbalist, from 281-341 AD. In the 1830s, cupping was used in English hospitals to treat contagious diseases, leading to the development of “cuppers” as staff members.

Cupping is known to move stagnant Qi and blood, regulate and invigorate the flow of Qi and blood, and release muscle tension. During a cupping session, cups are placed on the skin and a vacuum is created, drawing the skin and underlying tissue into the cup. This suction is believed to stimulate circulation and promote healing. Cupping can leave circular bruises on the skin, which typically fade within a few days.


Moxibation, also known as “moxa,” is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves burning an herb called mugwort to produce heat and stimulate specific acupuncture points on the body. This process can help to scatter cold, add warmth, and balance the body’s energy, or qi. Moxa can be used to treat both excess and deficient conditions and can be applied in a variety of ways, including directly on the skin, on top of an acupuncture needle, or as a warming compress.

From Leslie: One of the benefits of moxa is that it can be easily incorporated into a patient's self care routine, providing them with a sense of accountability and empowerment in their healing process as they take an active role in their own health and well-being.
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