Moxibustion is one of the main therapeutic modalities used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The Chinese name for moxibustion is jiu(灸). The procedure is a focused heat therapy which involves the burning of the Chinese Herbs (Mugwort) over specific acupuncture points to positively stimulate the body in a variety of ways. The moxa transfers warmth deeply into the acupoint and increases circulation in the body, is used to activate and move energy, inducing a smoother flow of Qi and blood, as well as to treat the conditions associated with the "cold" or "yang deficiencies". In Chinese Medicine, It is claimed that moxibustion acts on the cold and dampness in the body.
Seven star needles are also known as the plum - blossom needle, which has been used for over 1,000 years in China as a method of treatment for physical problems. it is made of five to seven stainless steel needles inlaid onto the end of a handle. It is used to prick the skin superficially by a gentle and rapid tapping to promote the smooth flow of Qi in the meridians and regulate the functions of the Zang - Fu organs. One of the principles of Chinese medicine emphasizes the connection and harmony of the body in which the external “skin” is closely related to the internal “organs.”Therefore, stimulation of the skin has been used as a way to stimulate internal organs to restore balance in the body.
Guasha (pronounced "gwa-shah") is an integral part of acupuncture and TCM-related techniques, a scraping therapy, allowing Qi and blood to flow through the body. Gua means to scrape and Sha means redness. The techniques involve the use of instruments to apply pressure or scrape the skin along the meridians to promote normal circulation and metabolic processes. During a treatment, a special Chinese herbal oil is applied to the skin. This oil is used to protect the skin.The tool used in Guasha is called a scraper. This tool is usually made of jade because it conducts the energy (Qi) well. During the scraping spots, the places may appear to have bruises where Qi blockages are in the body. These bruises can vary from red to deep red. The darker colours indicate the deeper blockage and often this means there is more chronic disorder
Cupping is the method of applying a glass cup in which a partial vacuum is created over an acupoint for therapeutic purpose. There are many styles and techniques of cupping, all of which use suction in cups to draw energy, blood, and fluids to the surface; to pull toxins out of the body, eliminate obstructions of Qi (energy) to promote circulation. The cups can be various shapes including balls or bells, and may range in size from 1 to 3 inches (25 to 76 mm) for the diameter of the opening. Plastic and glass are the most common materials used to make the cups. Suction can be created using fire or mechanical devices (hand or electrical pumps). Fire cupping uses a cotton ball soaked in 70% alcohol and lighting it. The vacuum can be created with a flaming cotton ball or a mechanical suction pump.
Auriculotherapy is the stimulation of the auricle of the external ear for the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions in other parts of the body. It is also known as ear acupuncture or auricular acupuncture when the stimulation is achieved by the insertion of acupuncture needles, whereas the term auriculotherapy often refers to electrical stimulation of the surface of ear reflex points.Auriculotherapy is based on the theory that the ear is a microsystem which reflects the entire body, represented on the auricle, the outer portion of the ear. Conditions affecting the physical, mental or emotional health of the patient are assumed to be treatable by stimulation of the surface of the ear exclusively. Specific points on the ear can be stimulated by manual pressure, referred to as auricular acupressure or ear reflexology.
These points can also be stimulated with lasers, magnets, seeds and ear pellets.
Acupuncture is a healing technique it has been studied and utilized for more than 2,500 years. Using ancient scientific principles, acupuncture treats illness by bringing a person’s body into harmony and balance. Acupuncture treatment is aimed at naturally promoting health and alleviating sickness by restoring the energetic balance of the body. It is a holistic way of stimulating the innate biological intelligence of the body by creating balance in the flow of Qi (energy, pronounced Chee).This energy flows through the body on channels known as meridians that connect all of our major organs. According to Chinese medical theory, illness arises when the cyclical flow of Qi in the meridians becomes unbalanced or is blocked. Acupuncture allows Qi to flow to areas where it is deficient and away from where it is in excess. This is achieved through the stimulation of very specific anatomical points, known as acupuncture points that are mainly found at specified locations along the meridians.