Acupuncture is not just about needles. There are also other methods of treatment and
associated therapies such as:
Tuina – medical massage focused on meridian energy flow around the body and acupuncture points
Moxa – moxibustion using medicinal herbs that are heated to add heat to acupuncture points
Heat Lamp – used to warm up general areas of the body
Cupping – glass and plastic round cups provide suction to activate acupuncture points and meridians. Cupping can sometimes leave a round pink to purple mark on the skin. This is normal and will show different colours depending on what is happening under the skin. For example: redness can indicate a heat condition, and a more purple mark will show up in an older injury where the blood has stopped moving optimally in the area
Herbs – herbal teas or capsules made of herbs may be prescribed
Qi Gong – instructions for exercises to encourage energy flow
TCM Diet – advice about foods and eating according to the 5 Elements and 4 seasons
Electro-Acupuncture – gentle electric current applied to needles if a condition persists and is not responding to Acupuncture
Tuning Forks - very gentle energy wave through sound applied at acupuncture points
Gua-Sha – using a tool to implement friction to the skin and muscle tissue layer. Redness is normal and the skin is not broken. This is a very useful technique not often used. When it is needed to make a change though, it can be amazing.
Gua-Sha redness is normal and the skin is not broken. A very useful technique and amazing results.