3 Reason Why Cupping Rocks

cupping copy Cupping is an ancient form of therapy in traditional Chinese Medicine. A vacuum suction is created with either heat or suction thereby raising the skin to the surface. There are actually a million reasons why cupping rocks but we will only go into three:

1) Relieves muscle aches and tension: Recently, more and more athletes as well as celebrities have been using cupping to relieve sore muscles and speed up the body’s healing process. Cupping also removes blood stasis by increasing local blood flow to the area being worked on.

2) Cupping  Removes Toxins: When the cups are placed along different points of body, dark or light bruises may appear. This is no reason to be alarmed. It is usually a good sign because it means that the toxins in your body are being pulled up and pushed out of the body. Cupping encourages phagocytosis )eliminating pathogens and debris in the body¹) and makes you feel pretty damn good.

3) Cupping Looks Awesome: Because we live in a world of insta, fb, snapchat, you can take pictures afterward and send them to the internet world and be the most popular kid at school/work/gym/planet.

  • Bob Wong was raised in a traditional Chinese medicine family and moved to mainland China to study and train in Chinese medicine for almost a decade. During that time, he was able to learn from some of  the top acupuncturists and Chinese medicine practitioners in China at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. His mission is to bring that knowledge and experience to benefit his patients.
  • Bob Wong currently maintains an acupuncture practice in the Brisbane CBD area. You can read his full bio or schedule an appointment.
References: 1)Cheng Xinnong (1999) Acupuncture & Moxibustion, 1999 edn., Foreign Press hardcover:

How Fire Needling Works

fireneedle Quite few people are freaked out when they see this picture and they think it’s an acupuncture needle. It’s actually a form of acupuncture called Fire Needling used in China. They don’t really pierce into the skin but rather slightly dab the points after the needle is heated.

Fire needling is a treatment based on the heating of an acupuncture needle until red hot, and rapidly inserting and then removing it into an acupuncture point or a specific area.Fire needling has the actions of both acupuncture needles and fire, the heat Qi and Blood in the channels, thus promotes the flow of Qi and Blood to regulate the sinews. Also, it promotes local blood saturation to nourish the tendons and removes stagnation. Its used to treat all conditions, which, due to stagnated Channels, Qi and Blood movement stagnation, Channel blockage, malnourished muscle spasms, numbness, itching, paralysis etc.

There is a really great book by one of my teachers on fire needling by Professor Lin Guo Hua from the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine where I studied. There are not any English translations available but I think they’re working on it. Its 32.80 rmb  (7 USD unbelievable!) on Chinese Amazon: fireneedlingbook

  • Bob Wong was raised in a traditional Chinese medicine family and moved to mainland China to study and train in Chinese medicine for almost a decade. During that time, he was able to learn from some of  the top acupuncturists and Chinese medicine practitioners in China at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. His mission is to bring that knowledge and experience to benefit his patients.
  • Bob Wong currently maintains an acupuncture practice in the Brisbane CBD area. You can read his full bio or schedule an appointment.

M, 73 stage 4 stomach cancer patient

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2nd Affiliated Hospital at the Guangzhou University of Chinese medicine, spring 2011

M, 73 stage 4 stomach cancer patient. He refused to do chemo & was a bit too weak for acupuncture so they used moxa along the back shu points for constipation and fatigue. He came back a few days later with improved bowel movement and better energy levels.

I’d be lying if I said what we do cures cancer or any terminal illnesses but it does make a difference and offers people a better quality of life and sometimes even a smoother transition into the next.

To all acupuncturists out there stay awesome and keep sharing the love!

  • Bob Wong was raised in a traditional Chinese medicine family and moved to mainland China to study and train in Chinese medicine for almost a decade. During that time, he was able to learn from some of  the top acupuncturists and Chinese medicine practitioners in China at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. His mission is to bring that knowledge and experience to benefit his patients.
  • Bob Wong currently maintains an acupuncture practice in the Brisbane CBD area. You can read his full bio or schedule an appointment.

Book Review: Mastering Tung Acupuncture

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I bought this book recently from Amazon & I must admit I haven’t been able to put it down.
It explains both Master Tung points & Dr. Tan systems very clearly and even manages to mix it up with a bit of neuro also.

I think this book is suited for people who already have a basic understanding of tung/tan systems and are looking to improve and upgrade their knowledge a bit, but would help a lot of people who haven’t studied distal acupuncture as an introduction also. It gives great clear concise examples of how imaging/mirroring work and you can literally start using what you learn right away.

If you have been practicing TCM for a while but only getting mediocre results (put ’em in and pray) or are tired of the same old Li4,Lv3,St36, day in day out this is definitely worth picking up.

艾灸 Moxibustion

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Moxa: mugwart is used to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health.Not a big fan of it for me in clinic but I find it very useful when I send patients home with it.

Check out this really great talk on moxa here by Yin Yang Podcast:

http://yinyangpodcast.blogspot.com.au/2014/11/why-moxa.html