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Acupuncture Works

Other Methods

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.
Gua-Sha redness is normal and the skin is not broken. A very useful technique and amazing results.