Hackensack Acupuncture & Herbs | Acupuncture Techniques
Acupuncture has developed into one of the world’s best-known approaches in pain treatment. Today, even public hospitals openly recommend the therapy as a procedure to relieve symptoms.
At Hackensack Acupuncture & Herbs, we use various acupuncture techniques to treat various symptoms. Here are some of the techniques we often use:
A flammable substance such as paper, herbs, or alcohol is placed in three to seven cups and set on fire. As the flame goes out, the cups are placed upside down on your skin for about three minutes. As they cool, a vacuum is created in each cup that causes your skin to rise and your blood vessels to expand. This is extremely effective in relieving pain, improving blood flow, and inducing relaxation.
In this technique, needles are inserted at selected points on the skin and then, using small clips, are attached to a device that generates small electric currents. Through the device, we can adjust the frequency and intensity of the impulses being delivered. The approach is considered quicker than traditional acupuncture and delivers better results because acupuncturists can accurately control the amount of stimulus given to a patient.
- Gua Sha
Gua Sha is a traditional Chinese medicine in which a therapist applies repeated pressurized strokes over lubricated skin using a special gua massage tool to improve micro-circulation of the soft tissue to increase blood flow. The technique is used to address stagnated energy that is believed to be responsible for inflammation. Rubbing the skin helps to break up this energy, reduce inflammation and promote healing.
Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy in which dried plant materials known as “moxa” are burned close to or on the surface of the skin with the intention of warming that surface and invigorating the flow of positive energy, called qi, in the body. The procedure also helps to dispel pathogenic influences. In addition to moxibustion, we also use basic heat therapy to treat certain symptoms.