Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing. Moxibustion has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years; in fact, the actual Chinese character for acupuncture, translated literally, means “acupuncture-moxibustion.” The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health. In traditional Chinese Medicine, Moxibustion is used on people who have a cold or stagnant condition. In Western Medicine, Moxibustion has successfully been used to rescue people from forms of shock/collapse, assist with infertility issues in women, and help strengthen the body to offset the side effects of chemotherapy.
Electro-Acupuncture involves stimulating the acupuncture points using a safe, gentle electrical current similar to a TENS unit which is often used in various therapies for the treatment of pain. The electrical stimulation can be applied directly to the handle of an acupuncture needle or used with a small probe with slight pressure at site of an acupuncture point.
Tui Na is an Asian form of body work or massage that is more specifically therapeutic than other types of Western massage. As a technique it can be used alone or integrated into an acupuncture treatment. Tui na involves acupressure and massage techniques along the acupuncture meridians or pathways. This form of therapy gradually was developed by the working people of China through a long process of working, living and struggling with disease. As a treatment, Tui na has the ability to regulate nerve function, strengthen the body’s resistance to disease, flush out the tissues, and circulate blood stimulating the tendons, ligaments and muscles which ultimately make the joints more flexible. This style of bodywork incorporates the theory and practices of Oriental Medicine
Gua Sha is a technique wherein the skin is scraped, in strokes, by a round-edged instrument. In western terms, the scraping draws out blood and metabolic waste congesting the surface tissues and muscles, promoting normal circulation and metabolic processes. Gua Sha is valuable in the treatment of pain, in the prevention and treatment of acute infectious illness, upper respiratory and digestive problems, and many acute or chronic disorders.