Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing. Moxibustion has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years; in fact, the actual Chinese character for acupuncture, translated literally, means “acupuncture-moxibustion.” The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health.
Cupping is a technique that is useful in the treatment of local qi or helping to improve blood circulation, and is usually performed as an alternative to acupuncture. Small, round cups are warmed by a burning taper, the cup is quickly placed over the area being treated. Once the oxygen in the cup is gone a vacuum is created between the skin and the cup. The pressure from the vacuum encourages the flow of qi and blood in the area beneath the cup.
Magnets can be used in place of acupuncture needles. Treatments using magnets allows a polarity (positive and negative charge) to be established on the body. The magnets are placed on acupuncture points that distribute the charge for balance and healing.