Dr Debbie Smith, Plettenberg bay, Garden route, Bryanston

Cupping and Moxibustion

Elevate Your Wellness with Cupping: Ancient Healing for Modern Ailments Embark on a journey of holistic healing with Cupping, an ancient Chinese therapy that has stood the test of time. Rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, Cupping is a therapeutic art that harmonises the flow of Qi and Blood, promoting overall well-being. Unlike traditional fire cups, our Point of Origin practice utilises vacuum cups, allowing precise pressure adjustments tailored to individual needs, making it a gentle and effective treatment suitable for all ages, even children.

How Cupping Works:

At the core of Cupping is the release of myofascial tissue, the connective tissue surrounding muscles. Over time, these tissues can become tight, impeding muscle movement and contributing to various health issues. Cupping helps alleviate this restriction, providing relief similar to that of a deep massage therapy. In the realm of Chinese medicine, Cupping is believed to remove “toxins” from the body, addressing conditions such as chronic muscular stiffness, asthma, fever, and mucous-related ailments.

Conditions That May Benefit from Cupping:

Muscular Aches and Pains:
• Experience relief from muscle discomfort and tension as Cupping targets myofascial tightness, promoting enhanced flexibility and movement.

Children’s Health: 

• Children suffering from stomach aches, coughs, and fevers can find comfort and relief through the gentle and non-invasive nature of Cupping.

Common Cold:

• Alleviate symptoms associated with the common cold, providing respiratory relief and promoting a quicker recovery.

Emotional Well-being:
• Cupping extends its benefits to emotional health, contributing to stress reduction and overall emotional balance.

High Blood Pressure:
• Support your cardiovascular health by incorporating Cupping, which may aid in managing high blood pressure.

Menstrual Problems:
• Women experiencing menstrual issues can explore Cupping as a complementary therapy to address associated discomfort and imbalances.

• Cupping may offer assistance in managing bedwetting concerns, promoting a holistic approach to children’s well-being.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:
• Address fatigue associated with chronic fatigue syndrome through Cupping, providing a natural and rejuvenating therapy.

Sport Injuries:
• Athletes can benefit from Cupping to accelerate the recovery of muscle injuries, enhance flexibility, and support overall sports performance.

Immerse yourself in the therapeutic benefits of Cupping, where ancient wisdom meets modern healing. Our experienced practitioners at Point of Origin ensure a personalised and gentle approach to suit your unique needs. Rediscover optimal health and vitality through this time-tested therapy.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – Cupping Therapy:

• Cupping therapy is an ancient Chinese healing practice that uses vacuum cups to regulate the flow of Qi and Blood, promoting overall well-being.

• Cupping helps release myofascial tissue, alleviating muscular tightness and restrictions. It’s akin to a deep massage therapy, and from a Chinese medicine perspective, it aids in removing “toxins” associated with various conditions.

• In our Point of Origin practice, we use vacuum cups instead of fire cups, allowing for careful pressure selection tailored to individual needs. This makes the treatment suitable for both adults and children.

• Cupping is beneficial for various conditions, including muscular aches and pains, common cold symptoms, emotional complaints, high blood pressure, menstrual problems, and sport injuries. It can also be effective for children with stomach aches, coughs, and fevers.

• Cupping is generally not painful. Patients may feel a sensation of tightness or pressure as the cups create suction, but it’s not uncomfortable. The therapy aims to promote relaxation and alleviate tension.

• Cupping may leave temporary marks or bruises on the skin, known as cupping marks. These are not harmful and typically fade within a few days. It’s essential to consult with a qualified practitioner to ensure a safe and effective session.

• The duration of a cupping session can vary but is typically around 15 to 30 minutes. The practitioner will discuss the appropriate duration based on your individual needs and conditions being addressed.

• Yes, cupping can complement other therapies. It is often integrated into traditional Chinese medicine practices, acupuncture, or massage for a more comprehensive approach to health and wellness.

• Yes, cupping therapy can be safe for children, especially when using vacuum cups. It can be an effective and gentle way to address various health concerns in pediatric patients.

• The number of sessions needed depends on individual health goals and conditions. A qualified practitioner will assess your progress and recommend an appropriate treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

Are persistent backaches causing discomfort and hindering your daily life? Explore the ancient art of cupping therapy—a time-tested technique renowned for its effectiveness in alleviating back pain and promoting overall well-being.

How Cupping Addresses Back Pain:

 Cupping therapy facilitates myofascial release by creating suction on the skin’s surface. This gentle yet powerful technique helps release tension in the connective tissues, promoting flexibility and reducing stiffness in the back muscles.

The suction created by cupping promotes increased blood flow to the treated area. Improved circulation brings a fresh supply of oxygen and nutrients to the muscles, aiding in their recovery and reducing inflammation associated with back pain.

Cupping is known to draw stagnant blood, cellular debris, and toxins to the surface, encouraging their elimination from the body. This detoxifying effect contributes to reducing inflammation and promoting a healthier back.

Cupping therapy has a calming effect on the nervous system, which can be particularly beneficial for individuals experiencing back pain related to stress or tension. The gentle suction encourages relaxation, easing both physical and emotional strain.

In traditional Chinese medicine, cupping is believed to balance the flow of Qi (vital energy) within the body. By addressing energy imbalances, cupping helps restore harmony to the back’s energetic pathways, fostering long-term relief from pain.

Ready to experience the transformative benefits of Cupping? Book your session now and embrace a holistic approach to wellness. Our practitioners at Point of Origin are here to guide you on your journey to better health.


Moxibustion: Ancient Heat Therapy for Holistic Healing

Embark on a journey of profound healing with the ancient art of moxibustion—a therapeutic technique that stands the test of time. Rooted in the application of heat, moxibustion has been a cornerstone of natural healing, offering enduring effectiveness in addressing various conditions.

How Moxibustion Works:

Moxibustion employs the power of mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris), a versatile herb rolled into cigar-like sticks. When ignited and applied close to the skin, this therapeutic heat penetrates the body, making it exceptionally effective for conditions characterized by stagnation or blockages.

Conditions Treated with Moxa Therapy:

•               Pain Management: Moxibustion is a potent ally against various types of pain, including joint pain, nerve pain, and headaches. The warming effect of mugwort creates a soothing sensation, alleviating discomfort.

•               Infertility: Moxa therapy has demonstrated effectiveness in addressing infertility issues, providing a holistic approach to support reproductive health.

•               Period Pain: Women experiencing menstrual discomfort find relief through moxibustion, which helps regulate energy flow and reduce pain associated with menstruation.

•               Immune System Boosting (Wei Chi): Moxa therapy enhances the body’s immune system, reinforcing Wei Chi—the protective energy that guards against external pathogens and strengthens overall health.

•               Asthma: The warming properties of moxibustion can bring relief to individuals dealing with asthma, promoting respiratory well-being and alleviating symptoms.

•               Breech Presentation of the Fetus: Moxibustion is employed as a natural intervention to encourage the correction of breech presentation in the fetus, offering a non-invasive alternative.

The Art of Moving Energy:

At its core, moxibustion is about unblocking energy pathways, allowing the vital life force to flow freely. Beyond its physical benefits, moxibustion contributes to a profound sense of well-being, harmonizing the body, mind, and spirit.

Indulge in the ancient wisdom of moxibustion at [Your Practice Name], where our skilled practitioners blend traditional knowledge with modern expertise to guide you on a path of holistic healing. Experience the gentle yet potent effects of moxibustion, a timeless therapy that transcends the ages for your well-being.


Moxibustion is an ancient healing technique originating from traditional Chinese medicine. It involves burning dried mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris) to promote healing by stimulating specific acupuncture points on the body.

Moxibustion works by applying heat to acupuncture points, promoting the smooth flow of Qi (vital energy) and blood. This helps address conditions associated with stagnation, such as pain, joint issues, and menstrual discomfort.

Moxibustion is effective for a range of conditions, including pain (joint pain, headaches), infertility, menstrual discomfort, and immune system enhancement. It is known for its ability to “move” stuck energy and promote overall well-being.

When administered by trained and qualified practitioners, moxibustion is generally safe. The controlled burning of mugwort produces a warming sensation without causing burns. It is important to consult with our practitioners to ensure its suitability for your specific health conditions.

Moxibustion has shown effectiveness in treating conditions contributing to infertility. By addressing energy imbalances and enhancing blood flow to the reproductive organs, it can support fertility and overall reproductive health.

During moxibustion, you may feel a pleasant warming sensation. The heat generated from the burning mugwort is gentle and well-tolerated. Most individuals find the experience soothing and relaxing.

The number of sessions varies based on individual health goals and the specific condition being addressed. Our practitioners will tailor a treatment plan to your unique needs, providing a personalised approach to your healing journey.

Yes, moxibustion can complement other therapeutic modalities. Our practitioners may integrate it with acupuncture, herbal medicine, or other treatments to create a comprehensive and synergistic healing approach.

Moxibustion is generally well-tolerated; however, it may not be suitable for certain individuals. Pregnant women and those with specific health conditions should consult with our practitioners before undergoing moxibustion.

The duration of the effects varies depending on the individual and the condition being treated. Many people experience immediate relief, while others may notice cumulative benefits with regular sessions.

Note: Moxibustion is a safe and natural therapy, but it’s essential to consult with our practitioners to ensure its suitability for your unique health needs.

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