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Cupping, Moxibustion, Nutrition and Exercise

Cupping involves heating air inside a cup and placing the inverted cup onto the body. A vacuum is created, which anchors the cup to the skin and pulls the skin upward. Cupping is applied by acupuncturists to certain acupuncture points, as well as regions of the body that are affected by pain.

Moxibustion is a therapy which is often used with acupuncture and involves the burning of specific herbs at acupoints. In moxibustion the leaves of the Chinese herb mugwort (Artemesiae Vulgaris) are dried and then burned using one of several methods. The "moxa stick" is the most common form in which moxibustion is used to promote healing.

The fourth and fifth pillars of Chinese Medicine are nutrition and exercise. A well balanced diet is important for our health and equilibrium. TCM embraces a sophisticated system of food categorization. Food items are described by their effect and are selected on the basis of their correspondence with an individual's pattern, as affected by climate, season or type of illness. People who are cold and dry need warm, moisturizing food; people who are hot and damp need cool, drying food; people with congestion need decongesting food. Diets are designed to counterbalance an illness. The appropriate food is determined knowing the context of the individual patient.

Qigong and Taiji, is a form of exercise that triggers health and healing benefits from both, the Chinese paradigm of energy and the western paradigm of physiology. The balance and flow of one's internal self healing energies is enhanced by the slow, meditative movements of Taiji, improving the delivery of oxygen and nutrition from the blood to the tissues. The lymph system's ability to eliminate metabolic by-products and transport immune cells is increased. The biochemical profile of the brain and nervous system is shifted toward recovery and healing.

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