Cupping therapy was traditionally developed to treat respiratory conditions such a asthma and bronchitis. Today, it has evolved to treat musculoskeletalconditions. Cupping works by applying suction on the skin and increasing circulation in the lymphatic and circulatory systems.
Cupping methods include: Dry cupping, Fire Cupping, Wet Cupping, Massage Cupping, and Mechanical Cupping. Cupping is used in conjunction with Acupuncture.
Moxibustion or “moxa” therapy is used for treating various conditions, especially cold and stagnant conditions. It is the use of dried and processed herb called Mugwort, or artemesia vulgaris, and burning it above an acupuncture point. It creates a warm sensation and pungent odor while it burns and smokes. There has been a study published in Journal of American Medicine Association that found effective use of moxa therapy on pregnant women with breech fetus. More common use in the clinical setting is for increasing blood and qi flow in the pelvic region, relieving menstrual cramps, improving digestion problems, and relieving arthritic pain. There are also preventative and immune boosting moxa therapy.