Ba Guan: Fire Cupping

Ba guan is the application of glass orbs to the skin with suction. During ba guan you can feel the tension being tugged out of your tissues. It feels really good, is well-liked by all sorts of people, and helps with many different types of conditions. This technique is excellent for lengthening muscle fibers, softening knots, breaking up scar tissue and blockages, opening the channels, and improving the flow of chi, blood, and lymph in the local area. I specialize in moving cupping which does not leave obvious circular marks, just a temporary blush on the surface of the skin. Usually, I apply an herbal oil, liniment, or salve first for glide and then run the cups along the acupuncture channels. Sometimes I will pause the cup for a minute, especially over dense knots, focused pain, or areas of tight constriction. Moving cupping is excellent for treating large, flat areas like the shoulders, back, and the iliotibial bands on the side of the thighs. I often include ba guan in my acupuncture sessions or combine it with other traditional therapies. 

Acupuncture is the fundamental therapy upon which all of my treatments are built, but my toolbox also includes Chinese herbal medicine, 5-element nutrition, ba guan (cupping), tui na (Chinese medical massage), zhi ya (acupressure), chi nei tsang (internal organ massage), gua sha (massage with jade and horn tools), and topical herbal formulas for pain. If your condition would benefit from any of these traditional techniques they are included at no extra charge. Please click here for more information about my acupuncture treatments.

Fire Cupping

"My husband and I have been seeing Nancy for 2+ years. She is a skilled, thoughtful, and compassionate acupuncturist. Nancy asks pertinent questions, listens intently to my responses, and makes great suggestions for care outside of appointments (regarding herbal supplements and nutrition for example). She has helped me with acute conditions (eczema, childbirth preparation) as well as with general conditions (stress, fatigue, grief). I recommend her wholeheartedly!" ~Joanne Zerdy
West Asheville Acupuncture
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