Cupping involves using special cups that are placed on body. Either flaming alcohol placed inside the cup (the alcohol is removed before being placed on the body but the heat removes the air) or a hand-held pump is used to create a vacuum inside the cup. This treatment is often used in cases of injury because it helps the body clear out residual inflammation. It leaves a small circular bruise for about a week but it often relieves the pain and stiffness that are so common after an injury. The bruising that occurs is due to the residual inflammation, which is drawn to the surface where our lymphatic system is able to clear it away.
Infrared Therapy uses special deep infrared lamps. These lamps gently warm the body at a deep level. They can be used to strengthen areas of weakness, increase circulation and mobility, and to re-invigorate the body’s ability to heal when it is has been weakened. Traditionally, acupuncturists have used moxa for these purposes. Moxa is a chinese herb that is burned, usually on the handles of needles during acupuncture, to provide warmth and healing. Infrared therapy has a similar effect, without the noxious smoke.
Guasha (gwah-shah) uses a special tool to scrape along the meridians. This is used to treat many different conditions, including colds and flu, injury, and headaches.