Acupuncturists’ Treatment Methods

Source: Acupuncture in a Nutshell. Acupuncture Media Works, 2012. Print.

Acupressure/Tuina: A massage technique that stimulates the meridians, facilitating the flow of Qi.

Acupuncture: Tiny, disposable, sterile needles placed gently into specific acupuncture points.

Cupping: Using glass or bamboo cups to create a vacuum in order to increase warmth and circulation.

Electro-acupuncture: Acupuncture points are stimulated using a safe and gentle electrical current.

Gua Sha: A gentle scraping of the skin surface using a Gua Sha tool to increase circulation of Qi and blood.

Herbs: Chinese herbal medicine draws from a pharmacopoeia of thousands of herbs for specific conditions.

Moxibustion: The dried leaf of mugwort is rolled into a stick or placed on the end of needles, then burned as a warming therapy during treatment.

Oriental nutrition: Specific foods used to strengthen, rebuild and balance the body.

Qi Gong: Specific movements and breathing exercises used to improve health and vitality.

Tai Chi: Movement exercises that help develop harmony and balance, and promote maximum health.


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