Stimulation of specific points on the body through inserting thin metal needles through the skin, which removes blockages of 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 medical ailments.
Auricular (ear acupuncture)
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.
Utilizing a smooth-edged instrument in conjunction with herbal oil. Applied to the skin via short or long stroke.
Utilizing a special therapeutic lamp designed for acupuncture to apply to the needled area. The heat warms the needles and transmits the warmth into the body. It also increases circulation and reduced information.
Chinese herbal care
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.