Electro-acupuncture is a form of acupuncture in which pairs of needles are connected using a device that generates electrical pulsations between them. Electro-acupuncture is very effective at treating chronic, stubborn pain and neurological conditions.
Glass Cupping is a form of traditional medicine found in many cultures worldwide. A flame is held briefly inside of a glass cup to create a vacuum. The cup is then quickly placed and suctioned onto a target area on your body. Our practitioners use glass fire cupping to move stagnant qi and blood and to draw toxins to the surface of the skin to be released. Cupping is used to treat chronic pain, acute pain, respiratory difficulties, and as an adjunct therapy for many other health conditions.
Moxibustion is a type of heat therapy that involves burning Chinese mugwort (artemisia) near the surface of the body. The Chinese word for acupuncture, “zhenjiu” literally translates as “acupuncture and moxibustion”, which gives you a sense of the importance of this accessory therapy. We may use moxa during your treatment to stimulate specific acupuncture points, to increase qi and blood flow to a painful area, to warm up your body, or to improve your energy. This therapy is especially useful for certain fertility issues, for chronic health issues, to turn breech babies, to stop bleeding, and in the treatment of cold, weak, frail or elderly patients. At Family Acupuncture we perform moxa using a pressed charcoal stick made from Chinese mugwort.
Gua Sha is a Chinese folk therapy that applies repetitive, pressured scraping with a tool on oiled skin over specific injured areas of the body. This scraping draws stagnant blood from painful areas or locations where there is imbalance and results in sub-cutaneous blemishing called “sha”. Your practitioner may use Guasha to relieve chronic pain, to resolve an old injury, to combat fatigue, to increase circulation, to relieve headaches, and to halt the progression of an oncoming cold or flu.