Boston Acupuncture Oasis
Acupuncture uses tiny, sterile needles to stimulate the flow of energy and blood, activating the body's natural healing processes. Acupuncture is a safe, effective, and gentle treatment system. It is part of the complete medical system known as Chinese medicine, which includes herbs, exercise, and healthy lifestyle choices.
Moxa is an herb (artemisia vulgaris) that has been used for thousands of years to warm the skin, the acupuncture points, and the channels. Moxa helps improve circulation and strengthen energy.
The technique of direct moxa, where tiny pieces of the processed herb are burned
on the skin over a layer of protective ointment, is a
Infrared therapy is used to warm larger areas of the body. The body naturally produces far infrared energy which aids in healing. The application of far infrared energy via heat lamp deeply penetrates the skin and nourishes the tissues.
Cupping is an ancient technique used in many cultures. It is a form of bodywork that rather than compressing tissue, raises it. This releases rigidity in muscles and connective tissue and provides space for increased blood, lymph, and energy circulation. It breaks up stagnation so toxins in the tissues can be released and eliminated naturally.
Cupping is particularly helpful for tight muscles and for respiratory problems. When applied during a common cold, it helps release phlegm and increase lymphatic circulation.
When used as part of an acupuncture session, cups are generally left for 5 to 15 minutes. A technique called sliding cups is one where a cup is moved along the skin over a lotion, and feels similar to massage.
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