The technique of moxibustion involves the ignition of moxa leaves (Artesia argi Levl.et.Vant) to warm a point or a larger area of skin.
The heat radiates the energy of the burning herb through the surface and into the point so that the effect can travel along the meridians to reach the targeted systems. Recent studies have shown that certain volatile oils contained in moxa leaves have bacteriostatic properties.
Cupping is a form of therapy that creates a vacuum on the skin over an affected area by creating a seal along the rim of the cup. The vacuum causes the local blood supply in the skin to be drawn up into the cup slightly. This draws out excess pathogenic processes in order to relieve blockages.