Tuina- is a hands-on body treatment that uses Chinese Taoist and martial art principles to bring the body to balance. It stimulates acupressure points; to treat both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, as well as many non-musculoskeletal conditions.
Cupping- is a form of traditional medicine found in many cultures worldwide. It involves applying acupressure by placing cups containing reduced air pressure (suction) on the skin. It is used to dispel stagnation—stagnant blood and lymph, thereby improving qi flow. It is used to treat respiratory diseases such as the common cold, pneumonia and bronchitis. Cupping also is used on back, neck, shoulder and other musculoskeletal conditions. It has other applications, as well.
Moxabustion- Moxabustion is the burning of an herb called Mug wort, at specific points on the body. It is used to warm regions and acupuncture points with the intention of stimulating circulation through the points and inducing a smoother flow of blood and qi. Moxibustion militates against cold and dampness in the body.
Hot Stone massage- A therapeutic and relaxing massage using hot stones. The stones are basalt and jade, which have high heat retention qualities. The stones are placed in water and heated before placement on the body. The stones are usually placed on specific points on the back, but can be placed other places such as between the toes, or in the palms of the hands. The heat of the rocks causes muscles to relax, thus allowing the therapist to apply deeper, more precise pressure if desired or necessary.
Other Types of Acupuncture
Cosmetic acupuncture- also known as acupuncture face-lift and facial rejuvenation is a form of acupuncture that is applied in an attempt to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and restore a youthful glow to the complexion.
Auricular (ear) Acupuncture- Auricular acupuncture is, quite simply, acupuncture done on the ear. The acupuncture points found in the outer ear correspond to other locations in the body. By stimulating these points, called acupoints for short, the acupuncture needle sends electrical impulse messages to the brain, which then stimulate other areas of the body. In this way, auricular acupuncture can relieve pain in the joints and muscles, stimulate the organs and the brain itself, and achieve a number of other therapeutic effects for the patient. It is especially effective in treating addictions.
Koryo-Sooji-Chim (Korean Hand Acupuncture)- Korean system of hand and finger acupuncture in which small filiform needles are inserted and magnets are applied according to a mapping system where the entire body is represented on points on the surface of the hands.
Electro-acupuncture- This is a form of acupuncture in which pairs of acupuncture needles are attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses between them. Another term is Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (PENS). This practice augments the use of regular acupuncture, and can restore health and well-being, and is particularly good for treating pain.
Restorative Yoga/Acupuncture- This is combination of acupuncture and restorative yoga where medically and scientifically modified asanas, pranayam (breathing techniques), meditation, and special relaxation techniques are advised so as to regulate the vital energy flow. The concept behind this system is it treats the body as a whole, addressing the physical, mental (emotional) and psychic (spiritual) level and not only the disease. It is especially effective in the stress related or psychosomatic diseases.
Acu laser- A special frequency laser can be used to treat the acupuncture points in place of needles for those who are afraid of needles. It can also be used in combination with needles to further stimulate the points and meridians.
Laser hair therapy- Just as laser can be used to stop hair growth, they can also be used to nourish the follicles, increase blood flow and encourage new hair to grow.