By stimulating specific points on the body, most often by inserting thin metal needles through the skin, in which remove blockages in the flow of qi.
Slight voltage is applied to the needle to make it pulsate, which increases the treatment effectiveness.
Burning moxa—a cone or stick of dried herb, usually mugwort—on or near the skin, sometimes in conjunction with acupuncture.
Heated cups are placed on the skin to create suction. This therapy mobilizes blood flow to promote the healing of a broad range of medicine ailments.
A form of alternative medicine based on the idea that the ear is a microsystem of the entire body represented on the auricle, the outer portion of the ear. Ailments of the entire body are assumed to be treatable by stimulation of the surface of the ear exclusively.
Apply the same principles as acupuncture to aid relaxation and wellness.
A smooth edged instrument with the herbal oil to apply short or long stroke on the pain area of skin. This stroke motion creates raised redness.
A special therapeutic lamp designed for acupuncture to apply to the needled area. The heat warms the needles and transmits the warmth inside the body. It also increases circulation and reduced information.
The Chinese materia medica (a pharmacological reference book used by TCM practitioners) contains hundreds of medicinal substances—primarily plants, but also some minerals and animal products—classified by their perceived action in the body. Different parts of plants such as the leaves, roots, stems, flowers, and seeds are used. Usually, herbs are combined in formulas and given as teas, capsules, tinctures, or powders.