The following modalities may be included in an acupuncture treatment, free of charge.
Chinese Cupping Therapy
For relaxation or therapy, cupping is a traditional form of healing used across many cultures. It is usually applied through the heating of stationary glass cups to suction against a patient’s abdomen, back or limbs. The suction will draw the underlying tissue into the jar. Other times, a practitioner may choose to glide the cup over oiled body parts so it produces a steady tension as it’s moving. Cupping can leave dark red or purple marks, which is an indication of the level of blood stasis or toxins. The marks will disappear within a few days to a couple of weeks. Commonly used to treat:
- Respiratory conditions; bronchitis, asthma, congestion, common cold
- Arthritis, muscular tension, back pain
- Gastrointestinal disorders, menstrual discomfort
Repetitive strokes with a smooth gua sha tool along with some oil on an affected area assit with acute or chronic pain relief in the body. This method can be used in conjunction with other modalities and is suitable for patients sensitive to needling. Bruising and redness can occur after treatment which dissipates with a few days to a couple of weeks. Microcirculation can improve and inflammation may subside with treatment to support the healing of tissue.
This Chinese style of massage utilizes rhythmic compression techniques along the meridians of the body. Treatment may be focused on an affected area of the body. It is a great modality for patients of all ages and can be used along with any other modality.
A wonderful treatment for cold pain in the body and many other symptoms of deficiency. In the clinic space a cigar-like moxa stick made of herbs and charcoal is used above the affected area. The lit material is moved in a sweeping motion without making contact with the skin. Many people can find the sensation soothing. Moxibustion can be paired with ginger, garlic or other substances and has an effect on the autonomic nervous system.