Following treatment modalities are all part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Some of them can be used in combination to Acupuncture or they can be used as single procedures:
Auriculotherapy is a form of treatment based on the idea that the ear is a micro-system with the entire body represented on the auricle, the outer portion of the ear. The therapy works on reflexology zones and/or acupoints on the ear and combines western and oriental theories together. During an Auriculo-treatment specific points are stimulated either by the insertion of a needle, a massage tool, ear seeds or with Low Level Laser light. A wide variety of health problems are treated and almost all health conditions can be addressed by stimulation of the ear points. The most commonly reported uses of Auriculotherapy come from the treatment of pain, smoking cessation/detox, weight loss and to relax body and mind.
TDP - Infrared - Mineral - Lamp
The TDP lamp is a far-infrared heating device. The premise of the lamp is that the far infrared (below visible light) emissions increase micro circulation and loosens fascia to accelerate the natural healing processes of the body. It reduces inflammation, calms pain and balances metabolism. In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) the TDP lamp is used as a therapeutic substitute or combination for moxibustion, and is reported to be the only mechanical device that can add Qi to the body. It is used by acupuncturists, Asian bodywork therapists and other medical professionals. Experience the wonderful, deep penetrating heat during a variety of treatments and you are much likely to feel very comforted, relaxed and loose!
Low Level Laser, also known as Soft Lasers, are being increasingly used successfully in numerous fields of medicine as a natural form of therapy. The therapy makes also use of the ancient knowledge of Acupuncture by applying the light to specific points on the body. The radiation produced by the Low Level Laser is applied in such a level that it simply causes a "bio-stimulation" of the body's own natural control circuits, it neither warms nor affects human tissue. This radiation activates all the body's own functions which accelerate the healing process, by stimulating the propagation of phagocytes and macrophages and by stimulating the production of endorphins, simultaneously relieving pain.
Latest research confirms that Ultra-Low-powered Laser Light stimulates the immune system and thus improves the healing of wounds, cell division and the activity of certain defense molecules. This biological therapy is without side-effects and is based upon the natural processes taking place in our body.
Electro-Acupuncture is a form of acupuncture in which acupuncture needles are attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses. This method regulates the flow of Qi and produces a more continuous and even stimulation. The points chosen are the same as in a traditional acupuncture treatment. This method is often used because of its pain-reducing effects but also finds its use in cosmetic acupuncture.
CuppingIn Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), cupping is used to relieve what is called "stagnation of Blood and/or Qi" in TCM terms. It is a method where a suction cup is attached on the patient's skin through suction. The technique of Cupping, in varying forms, has been found in the folk medicine of many countries. Cupping in Europe and the Middle East grew from humoral medicine, with the goal to return the body to health. In Traditional Chinese Medicine Cupping can be applied in combination with traditional needling, as fixed cupping, bloody cupping and moving cupping. It is beneficial to relief symptoms of indigestion, hypertension, chronic cough, painful menstruation, arthritis, back pain, sprains and boils.
TuinaTuina is a form of Chinese manipulative therapy to bring the body into balance. The goal is to open the body's defensive (wei) chi and get the energy moving in both the meridians and the muscles while applying different techniques such as rubbing, rolling, kneading and pressing. With the stimulation of Acupressure (Acupuncture-) points both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, as well as many non-musculoskeletal conditions and chronic stress related disorders of the digestive, respiratory, and reproductive systems can be treated. Tuina is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
See also Baby Tuina or Chinese Pediatric Massage
MoxibustionMoxibustion is a Traditional Chinese Medicine therapy using moxa, or mugwort herb. The herb comes in different forms, it can be burnt, it can be applied in liquid form or as an ointment. 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, and it militates against cold and dampness in the body. This great method is considered to be especially effective in the treatment of chronic problems, "deficient conditions" (weakness), and gerontology.
Gua Sha means literally "to scrape away fever" in Chinese (more loosely, "to scrape away disease by allowing the disease to escape as sandy-looking objects through the skin"), and is an ancient medical treatment. Gua Sha techniques can be described as a form of "folk" medicine. It involves repeated pressured strokes over lubricated skin with a smooth edge. Commonly a ceramic Chinese soup spoon was used, or a well worn coin, even honed animal bones, water buffalo horn, or jade. A simple metal cap with a rounded edge is also commonly used.