What is Moxibustion, Tuina, and Gua Sha?

By Crystal Zhao

What is Moxibustion?

Moxibustion is the burning of an herb called mugwort, or wormwood, over the surface of the skin near acupuncture points. It is used to stimulate the area with heat and to improve the circulation of qi. Moxibustion is often recommended in the treatment for chronic conditions such as arthritis and digestive disorders.

What is Tuina Massage Therapy? 

Tuina, pronounced tway-na, it is one of massage techniques, it included four techniques:  “Tui” – push, “Na” – Pinch up, ” An“- press,“Mo”- rub.  It is a manipulative therapy arimed to stimulate movement in the muscles and meridians. Practitioners incorporate traction and massage to treat both musculoskeletal and non-musculoskeletal conditions. It can improve blood circulation and raise energy.

What is Gua Sha Scraping Therapy? 

Gua sha is a method in which a smooth-edged massage tool is scraped over oiled/lubricated skin to stimulate microcirculation and increase blood flow in the area. Gua sha is generally performed on a person’s back, buttocks, neck, arms, and legs. A gentle version of it is even used on the face as a facial technique. Because it involves rubbing or scraping skin with a massage tool, tiny blood vessels known as capillaries near the surface of your skin can burst. This can result in skin bruising and minor bleeding. Bruising usually disappears within a couple of days. Patients with bleeding or blood clotting disorders should not try Gua sha.