Cupping is an ancient technique of over 2000 years, in which a special cup is applied to the skin and held in place by suction. The suction draws superficial tissue into the cup, which may either be left in place or moved along the body. Cupping brings fresh blood to the area and helps improve circulation. It relieves aches and pains and is commonly used to help with respiratory and digestive issues. Traditional cupping, sometimes referred to as “fire cupping," uses heat to create a vacuum-like suction inside of glass cups. In modern times, cups that use a small pump to create suction have also been introduced.
Moxibustion involves the heating of acupuncture points with smoldering mugwort herb to facilitate healing. Moxibustion stimulates circulation, counteracts cold and dampness in the body, and promotes the smooth flow of blood and qi. It is especially beneficial to those who have severe deficiency signs and generally adverse to those who have strong heat signs. Moxibustion is a safe, non-invasive technique that maybe used alone, but it is generally used in conjunction with acupuncture treatments.
Gua Sha is another technique used to release muscle tension, tightness, and constriction. A specialized tool is used to gently scrape or rub the skin over a problem area. Gua Sha feels like deep massage. It leaves some slight redness that will quickly dissipate.
Tui Na means "pushing grasping," and is a powerful form of Chinese medical bodywork. Based on the same Oriental medical principles as acupuncture, Tui Na seeks to improve the flow of qi through the meridians. It is particularly effective for conditions involving muscles, tendons and joints, such as structural misalignment, orthopedic problems, and sports injuries. It can also be used to treat internal diseases.
A TDP lamp is similar to a heat lamp, however it features a round plate coated with minerals consisting of 33 elements essential to the human body. When the mineral plate is heated, it emits a special band of electromagnetic waves that coincide with the wavelengths and intensity of the electromagnetic waves released and consequently absorbed by the human body. This absorbed electromagnetic energy has been found to yield therapeutic effects on the human body by: 1) helping to generate various beneficial biochemical stimuli, 2) accelerating the decomposition of injured structures, and 3) enhancing the body's functionality of adjustment and immunity. With its relaxing, warm temperature, the TDP lamp is very effective for temporary relief of minor muscular and joint pain and improvement of local, superficial blood circulation. It can also be incorporated with moxa balm to enhance healing effects.
Acupuncture Electrical Stimulation
Electrical stimulation is another technique used to deal with chronic pain. Very thin and sterile needles are then inserted into specific points along the meridians of your body. Then the needles are attached to a device that delivers gentle electrical pulses between two points with adjustable frequencies and levels. This brief electrical pulse applied to nerve endings just under the skin has been shown to work with some chronic pain sufferers. The frequency of the electrical pulse and the voltage used are very important.