Additional Traditional Chinese Therapies
Electro-acupuncture is a form of acupuncture where a small electric current is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles. Another term is percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (PENS). This treatment can be very successful in treating chronic pain conditions.
Cupping refers to the ancient East Asian practice which involves a glass or plastic cup applied to the skin and the pressure inside the cup being increased. This helps to dispel stagnation (stagnant blood and lymph), thereby improving the flow of Qi. It is mainly used to treat respiratory diseases such as the common cold, pneumonia and bronchitis and musculo-skeletal conditions.
Moxibustion is a warming and tonifying technique that involves the burning of herbs (usually mugwort) over acupuncture points. This stimulates circulation, inducing a smoother flow of blood and qi, treating cold and dampness in the body. Moxa may be used indirectly by the burning of moxa held over the skin in a moxa stick. Other techniques use small rolls of moxa attached to the ends of inserted needles which project heat deeper into the acupuncture points.
Gua Sha is a healing technique used in Asia by practitioners of Traditional Medicine. It involves stimulation of the skin in pressured strokes, by a round-edged instrument; that results in the appearance of small red dots (petechiae) that are called ‘sha’, these fade in 2 to 3 days. Raising ‘sha’ removes blood stagnation considered pathogenic, promoting a return in normal circulation and metabolic processes. The patient may experience relief from pain, stiffness and upper respiratory problems.
Acupressure (Tui na) Massage
Tui na is a type of acupressure massage traditionally used in Chinese medicine. A range of techniques are used to free the flow of Qi, which if stagnated results in pain and stiffness. These techniques aid in the treatment of both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, as well as many other conditions.