There is a lot of technics and methods of acupuncture. We will try to talk about most popular and effective methods so you could choose one that is right for you.
Clearly, needling is the most important aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Some people have a natural fear of needles; acupuncturist should be sensitive to and understanding of any patient who may need a little more time, gentleness, or explanation during the acupuncture process.
The needles usually don’t hurt; they are solid, thin, sharp, sterilized, and are only used once before being thrown away. The length of the needle chosen is appropriate to the body part which is being treated.
Sometimes electrodes are connected to the needles; this is called electronic acupuncture. A very small, threshold level electrical current is passed through one needle to the other. Electro-acupuncture is usually used for anesthesia, releasing tense muscles, or for stimulating weak muscles in cases of nerve damage. It is also used on the head for treatment of depression, headaches, migraines, and post stroke rehabilitation.
Cupping is an excellent compliment to acupuncture. It is a treatment that consists, put simply, of placing a glass globe on the body. The cup is held in place by a vacuum which was formed by inserting a flame into the cup. The force of the vacuum on the skin has the effect of stretching out the underlying connective tissues and muscles, increasing blood flow, and oxygenation. Cupping is excellent for assisting acupuncture in releasing muscle tension, breaking up “knots”, and promoting healing and regrowth.
Guasha is a treatment that is something like massage, but utilizes a smooth, hand held tool. The skin is rubbed slowly, but firmly with the guasha tool. This causes microscopic blood vessels under the skin a certain amount of trauma, as well as acts as a type of massage. Guasha is used not only for pain, but also for increasing the strength of the immune system. It works great on the neck, releasing tension, and traditionally, it is used during the acute stages of a cold or flu to improve the immune system and speed recovery.
Short for moxibustion, moxa involves burning a herb, Artemisia vulgaris, a relative of wild sage and tarragon, over or on the skin. This heats up the area, and is effective at reducing edema, soothing arthritic pain, promoting healing, and removing swelling and congestion.