An acupuncturist, apart from using needles, may use a variety of other treatment techniques.
Moxa is a wonderful warming treatment, which brings relief to “cold” conditions, backache, muscular aches, period pains etc. Moxa is a deeply relaxing treatment. It is held above an area or point to gently warm and increase blood and Qi flow to a problem area. It is especially useful for musculoskeletal and gynaecological conditions. It can aid fertility and healing.
Points on the ear are needled or ear seeds are applied for therapeutic results. Michael uses this treatment as an adjunct to body acupuncture.
Electro Acupuncture stimulates Acupuncture points using an electronic device similar to a tens machine. Electro Acupuncture can be effective especially for musculo-skeletal conditions and labour induction for child birth.
Cupping has been part of Chinese medicine for over 2,500 years. The therapy uses glass cups that produce a partial vacuum when placed on the skin after the air has been heated. Typical disorders which are treated with cupping include asthma and other breathing problems, abdominal pain, colds, coughs and flu, digestive problems, muscle and joint pain and period pain. In TCM terms cupping is said to move the Qi and Blood.
Gua sha is a natural, alternative therapy that involves scraping your skin with a massage tool to improve your circulation. ... In Gua Sha, a practitioner scrapes your skin with short or long strokes to stimulate micro-circulation of the soft tissue.
What are the benefits of Gua Sha?
• Promote blood circulation. ...
• Improve fine lines and wrinkles. ...
• Promotes lymphatic drainage. ...
• Relieves tension from muscles.
Massage is the practice of manipulation of the soft tissues of the body. Acupressure is the specific massage of Acupuncture points. Both can be used in conjunction with Acupuncture to:• Stimulate blood and Qi flow
• Develop and maintain you physical function
• Relax tense muscles
• Relieve or prevent physical dysfunction and pain
• Improve circulation and immune system functionality
• Reduce stress
• Relax the mind
• Increase overall feeling of well-being
Scalp Acupuncture is a contemporary acupuncture method. While it has a close connection with fundamental theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine, its clinical application is based on the modern knowledge of Western biomedical anatomy and physiology of the brain. During the treatment, the needles are inserted into the specific stimulating areas on the scalp that correspond to areas of the brain that control central nervous system functions, motor activity, sensory input, vision, speech, hearing, and balance.
Scalp Acupuncture is mainly used to try and treat brain related conditions, including neurological disorders, psychological and psychosomatic conditions, such as wind stroke, depression, Parkinson's disease, Multiple Sclerosis, dementia, pain, chronic muscle spasm, etc. Clinical trials have shown that scalp acupuncture can help with Ischemic Stroke patients.