While Jeff was in Korea he experienced an herbal therapy that uses the same pressure points as acupuncture. Instead of needles, it is a cylindrical stick packed with herbs and applied with a stick on base to a pressure point. It is then lit like incense. He brought a box home and we gave it a try on my left wrist, which has been bothering me.
The herb used is ssuk tteum, aka mugwart.
You can have these treatments in what I would call a spa, but not sure if that's what it would be called in Asian countries. In those situations the mugwart is place in little clay pots and burned on pressure points. It can also involve acupuncture.
|photo credit: Sukyoung Kim|
Time will tell how effective these treatments can be. It sure feels good and relaxing... and afterwards the house smells like we've been smoking pot. Surely, that's not a bad thing!