These techniques can be used in conjunction with acupuncture and each other, or used solely for the patient's treatment.
- Cupping is a therapeutic approach commonly used for colds, pain, arthritis, stiffness, and to promote circulation. The practitioner places cups on or near the problem area and creates a vacuum seal. The pressure created by the seal encourages blood flow and releases tight and painful muscles.
- Gua Sha is a superficial scraping of the skin with a smoothed stone. Its uses are similar to that of cupping, but most likely to be used on the neck region since that area is small and the cups are cumbersome.
- Tui Na is a therapeutic technique that is used for many different health complaints. In the treatment of pediatrics, it is used a majority of the time. It is sometimes referred to as massage, but each manipulation technique has a different therapeutic effect. It allows the practitioner to affect a larger area of the body.
- Moxibustion treats and prevents disease by applying heat to points or certain areas on the human body. The herb, moxa, is ignited and placed on the body or held above the area until the patient feels a sensation of warmth. Moxa is great for menstrual problems, infertility, pain, and digestive disorders.
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