When you feel pain, you want to massage the problem area. We discovered that certain spots on the body had a greater affect than others and began mapping these ‘points.’
A Chinese medical practitioner who utilizes tuina in their practice would provide hands on work like any other massage therapist, but would be following a Chinese medical treatment principle by selecting specific points like an Acupuncturist.
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Moxibustion is the burning of the herb mugwort. We call it moxa for short.
Like tuina/acupressure, it pre-dates acupuncture. Just like tuina, when you have pain, you want to massage the area. Heat is also a pain relieving therapy. We began using heat to harm spots on our body which led to moxibustion. When we began puncturing the body, we would also do moxa over the area = Acumoxa.
Moxa is less common today mostly due to its strong smoky nature and smell. Commercial buildings do not like it! But it is often a therapy recommended for patients at home to continue their treatment outside of the treatment room.
Cupping and Gua Sha are techniques to move stagnation up to four inches near the surface of the body and to draw energy to the surface.
It is often used to move stagnation out of the muscles, allowing fresh, oxygenated blood to come in and nourish the tissues. It is also used to separate the tissues at the surface of the body to improve the venting of pathogens from the exterior.
And it feels awesome!
Eastern nutrition is the utilization of food based on his healing properties and functions.
Properties = taste, temperature
Functions = clear heat, build blood, nourish the fluids, drain phlegm, warm the body, etc.
Foods can be recommended to add or avoid based on the diagnosed pattern of disharmony.