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Not ready for needles?

If you are interested in East-Asian Medicine, but do not want acupuncture, Susanna offers Cupping or GuaSha only treatments. These non-needling treatments can accomplish the similar levels of health and restoration for your body.  All other modalities can only be included as part of an acupuncture treatment.

  Photo courtesy of Bob Wong

Photo courtesy of Bob Wong

What is Moxibustion?

Moxibustion (also called "moxa') is an antique form of heat therapy which is thought to predate acupuncture and is known as  zhen jiu 针灸 in Chinese. 

Moxibustion is the placement and burning of the leaves from the mugwort plant (also known as Artemisia Vulgaris) at or above specific acupuncture points to elicit a warming sensation. Mugwort has many medicinal properties that when combined with heat, increase circulation and promote a smooth flow of blood and energy throughout the body. Modern research has shown that moxa therapy is effective at raising white blood cell counts in severely debilitated patients and, most famously, is used to reposition breech babies.  It is also often used to treat pain and other conditions. 

What is Cupping and GuaSha?

Cupping and GuaSha are amazing techniques that have been passed down for thousands of years through various cultures that continue to be widely used across many cultures. Cupping and GuaSha work by stimulating and guiding energy, oxygen, and blood toward the superficial layers of your skin to remove toxins and stagnation that exist in deeper layers of your body in order to relieve tightness and pain. They treat many conditions including the common cold, the flu, respiratory infections.  asthma, as well acute or chronic musculoskeletal pain. They both elicit a redding of your skin, but neither are painful. Most people say they feel great after treatment and report sleeping soundly!

Photo courtesy of Bob Wong


Cupping therapy uses jar-like cups, which attach to your skin via suction. The vacuum action of cupping rapidly facilitates the release of rigid soft tissues, stimulates the peripheral nervous system, loosens and lifts connective tissues, breaks up and drains stagnation. It also increases blood and lymph flow to skin, muscles, and connective tissues. It does all of these things far more rapidly and effectively than any other type of therapy, including acupuncture, massage, chiropractic adjustments, medications, or even surgery.  

Cupping draws stagnant blood and other fluids that has fallen out of healthy circulation up to the skin and away from the injury so that healthy circulation can be restored to the affected area. This movement of stagnation to the skin surface is what creates the signature cupping marks. The skin is your body's largest organ, containing about 20% of your blood volume at any given time. Your skin has a network of capillaries that make it a fantastic vehicle to transport all the stagnation that cupping pulls up into it. Cupping creates a space for oxygen, living cells, and nutrients needed for healing. Your body’s capillary system at the skin level carries the toxins to the liver and kidneys, where they can be metabolized and excreted.

Although painless, cupping often leaves signature red circles where the cups were placed. The marks are not bruises. In most cases, the marks will disappear within a few days, but be prepared for them to last up to 3 weeks.



GuaSha is performed using a soft-edged tool such as a porcelain soup spoon, a smooth sterile jar lid, or specialized stone GuaSha tools. In GuaSha, a lubricant is rubbed on the body and then a tool is used to rub along your skin, resulting in skin reddening or the appearance of small red dots. GuaSha stimulates the immune system, detoxifies the body, improves circulation, relieves chronic pain, diminishes fatigue, rebalances emotions, relaxes, and promotes clarity of the mind. GuaSha helps allievete the common colds, flu, bronchitis, asthma, and chronic or acute pain. It is especially effective with head, neck, shoulder, and sciatic pain, as well as for the treatment of migraines. Some say that GuaSha is the best kept secret in East-Asian medicine!

Facial GuaSha (part of the Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture treatments) is slightly different.  It will not result in the signature red dots associated with GuaSha.  It relaxes tight muscles in the face and helps to improve the complexion.