Moxibustion and Cupping

Moxibustion and Cupping are common treatments for to relieve all kinds of muscular and fascial pains, such as you see in arthritis, neck, shoulder, forearm, upper and lower back pain.

Cupping Therapy for Myofascial Pain

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016

Cupping Therapy for Myofascial Pain is an integral part of Classical Chinese acupuncture  and is very useful for myofascial pain and sports medicine b/c it breaks up adhesions in the fascia and brings new blood to the area when capillaries are deliberately ruptured.. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelp’s circles in the attached article are quite dark b/c of all the tension or Qi and Blood stagnation in his sinews from the olympian demands made on his muscles and fascia. In Chinese medicine we also do “sliding cupping therapy” which affects a wider distribution of the skin, muscle, and connective tissue...

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Dry Needling for Shoulder Pain

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015

Dry Needling for Shoulder Pain What is Dry Needling for Shoulder Pain? Dry Needling is a style of myofascial anatomy-based acupuncture to relieve trigger points pioneered by Janet Travell, M.D., author of “Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: Trigger Point Manual” (and personal physician to JFK) in the early 1960’s, before Chinese acupuncture had made its way to the USA. Dry Needling is a way of treating myofascial trigger points, a kind of contraction knot that occurs in tense, shortened muscles, and that is associated with with both intense localized pain (a common spot is between the shoulder blades or in...

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Moxibustion and Cupping

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013

Moxibustion is the burning of cones made from the processed fine leaves of the Mugwort plant on Acupuncture points, or on broad areas of the body to achieve specific healing effects. Moxabustion is warm, and as heat is an energy source, it is a way to add energy to the acupuncture channel, whereas the needle therapy unblocks stagnation of energy. As such, moxabustion is considered strengthening to the body, and can be used for conditions of weakness and cold . But heat also “moves the qi,” and the moxa leaves being spicy, have a very “yang” nature, so that...

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Cupping for Pain and in Sports Medicine

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013

Thanks to Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps’ massive performances in the Rio Olympics while covered in purple cupping marks, the art of Cupping for Pain and in Sports Medicine has received a lot of buzz  (see NY Times Wellness Blog Article on Cupping). I use cupping for pain and in Sports Medicine every week, and find it an excellent adjunct treatment for myo-fascial pain disorders, including trigger point pain, tight painful muscles in the neck, upper, mid and lower backs, and in the kind of tight congested muscle that athletes like runners and bicyclists get in their hamstrings, quadraceps, and...

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