Moxibustion involves the burning of a herb called moxa (Artemisia vulgaris) over or near specific acupuncture points. Moxa can be a very powerful method in itself to add warming and nourishing energy into the body, and to activate specific points. Dr. Reuven uses a highly refined pure moxa that he grows himself to maintain optimum quality. Most patients find moxa treatment to be highly relaxing and hypo-allergenic.
Cupping is a traditional method that has been used by many different cultures in history. It involves placing a glass or silicone vacuum cup on the skin that gently stretches the skin and fascial tissue to encourage release of toxins from the tissue and loosening and softening of the muscles and fascial network. Cupping is most useful for muscle pain and tension, as well as toxic build-up and colds and flus.
Gua Sha is another technique that has been used by a variety of cultures through history. It involves gently scraping the skin with a flat instrument of porcelain, bone or horn. The gentle sliding pressure encourages blood flow from the micro-capillaries which releases toxic build-up, encourages circulation and activates the immune response. Gua Sha can be very useful for muscle pain and tension, toxic build-up, and many different immune-based problems.