With chronic and persistent conditions, the gentle use of electrical stimulation is applied to the needles to increase the effectiveness of the treatment. This is done to loosen adhesions, dissipate blockages and remove toxicity from the tissues and organs.
Auricular acupuncture, or ear acupuncture, is a form of acupuncture based on the theory that the ear is a microsystem for the entire body. There is a direct relationship between the ear and the brain through the nervous system causing endorphins to be released and energy to be rebalanced. This type of acupuncture is especially effective for pain management and psycho-emotional disorders such as addiction or compulsive behaviors. Auricular acupuncture provides a great sense of comfort, relaxation and a renewed sense of well-being.
Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy in which the dried herb “mugwort” (artemisia vulgaris) is burned near the surface of the skin in order to stimulate specific acupuncture points and to strengthen the body’s healing potential.The use of moxibustion is indicated for pain, fatigue and mild depression.
GuaSha is a therapy which involves an application of oil to the area being treated and then rubbing it with a round-edged instrument. This is typically done over congested areas of tissue and muscle. This technique promotes circulation, moves fluids containing metabolic waste and strengthens the immune system. This is a valuable method for treating pain and preventing disease.
Cupping is a form of therapy where cups are pressed onto the body using suction. It is designed to increase circulation, stretch tightly contracted muscles, loosen adhesions, decrease inflammation, increase range of motion and reduce pain.
Heat therapy is often used during a treatment to help warm the body, increase circulation, and induce a state of deep relaxation using a far-infrared heating device known as a TDP lamp. The light emissions penetrate deeply and accelerate healing. The result is a freer flow of energy within the body that increases flexibility, range of motion and decreases pain and inflammation. It may also smooth digestive function, eliminate water and toxic substances and strengthen the immune system.