Commonly-Used Non-Acupuncture Modalities:
Cupping: You saw the marks on the Olympic swimmers! Cupping is an ancient technique that places suction cups on various areas to break up adhesions and promote blood circulation. Most often used for muscle and joint pain, cupping can also be applied on the back for colds and flu because the suction opens the pores and “vents” the Lungs.
Gua Sha: People can’t believe how simple yet effective Gua Sha is at reducing muscle tension and pain. A smooth-edged Gua Sha stone is used to stroke damaged areas until stagnated peripheral blood is released, improving circulation and releasing discomfort. The treatment site can get very red. Longer strokes across muscle groups and joints free up fascia while enabling greater structural integration in the body.
Moxibustion: This is a gentle warming technique that uses heat to stimulate Qi flow all over the body, much like turning a key to start a car engine. Great for balancing out cold areas often found on the abdomens of people with digestive issues, boosting energy in people with fatigue and reducing inflammation in painful or arthritic joints.
Tuina (acupressure): Tuina is the Chinese system of medical massage that incorporates acupressure and other movements designed to break down stagnated blood, open up adhesions and promote range of motion.
Electro-Stimulation: Connecting alligator clips to inserted needles while setting the “e-stim” machine at fast or slow frequencies creates a heightened qi stimulation that either treats pain or boosts the body.
Acupoint Injections: Certified practitioners like myself can inject natural substances into the acupuncture points for expanded effect. B-12 Methylcobalamin is a commonly-used injectible. So are the homeopathics Traumeel, Engystol and Lymphomyostat.