Acupuncture comes in many different forms, and given the condition being treated and the overall health of the patient, the acupuncturist may choose from several styles. Each style uses hair-thin metal filaments to trigger the body's circulatory, hormonal, and nervous systems to regulate and balance the condition present.
Japanese Acupuncture - extremely gentle stimulation of points along the surface of the skin. This style is often used for those who are extremely sensitive or have a chronic illness.
Chinese Acupuncture - slightly stronger stimulation of points located in muscle tissue. This is the best choice for healthier individuals who are suffering from acute illness or have a stronger constitution.
Auricular Acupuncture - stimulation of points on the ear that correspond to certain areas of the body and calm the nervous system. This method is often combined with either of the above styles in order to heighten or focus the effects of the treatment.
- Scalp Acupuncture - gentle stimulation of points on the top of the head that decrease the pain response in the body, regulate sleep, and decrease anxiety.
While Acupuncture will often be the backbone of a treatment, there are many other therapies that may be applied when appropriate.
Chinese Massage (TuiNa) - a deep-tissue style of bodywork that combines acupressure with methods to open joint restrictions and relax muscles tissue. This method serves as both a treatment and a diagnostic tool, allowing the practitioner to gain a better understanding of the patient's condition by feeling where tension is being held. Patients will often describe being relaxed yet invigorated after a treatment.
Herbal Medicine - the prescription of topical or internal herbal formulas that can be applied to almost any condition in order to strengthen the effects of the Acupuncture and decrease the need for more frequent treatments.
Moxibustion - a powdered Chinese herb that is used to warm and relax certain Acupuncture points. This is a wonderful therapy for old, painful injuries, weaker patients, or people who feel cold often.
Cupping - smooth, glass cups that are used to create suction on the skin in order to draw fluids into tight muscle tissue, causing the muscles to open up and relax. This tool is excellent for relieving congestive pain from colds/flu, muscle spasms, nerve pain caused by joint restriction, and limited spinal mobility. In 10 minutes it can deliver the same relief as multiple deep-tissue massages.