Traditional Chinese Medicine offers patients a number of therapies in addition to Acupuncture which can be used alone or in combination to increase treatment effectiveness. These include: Asian Bodywork (Tuina), Reflexology, Cupping, Moxibustion, Microcurrent, and Gua Sha.
Cupping- This technique uses small cups (usually made of glass) to create local suction on the skin. The therapeutic action is to increase the flow of qi and blood in the local area. Often this therapy is used for tight, stiff, or sore muscles.
Microcurrent –A much more modern therapy. Very subtle energy current is supplied by attaching diodes to acupuncture needles during treatment. The current helps open blockages and move stagnation in the local area to promote healing.
Moxibustion or “Moxa” – is the warming of acupuncture points. This is done by burning the herb mugwort and can be administered in a variety of ways. It is thought to help tonify, strengthen the body and speed recovery from illness.
Asian Bodywork (Tuina) – This unique form of bodywork is based on the theory of acupuncture meridians. It utilizes pushing, grasping and a number of other hands-on techniques including assisted stretching. It is used for many conditions commonly treated by acupuncture and is especially effective for musculo-skeletal issues including tightness, spasms, and mis-alignment. Foot reflexology is also utilized for a variety of health concerns
Gua Sha - Another hands-on technique which is essentially a deep rubbing or scraping with a soft edge tool. Gua sha brings abundant new blood and qi to the local area promoting the healing and recovery process.