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Additional Asian Therapies
Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy that stimulates the flow of blood and Qi within the superficial layers of muscle. A partial vacuum is created in small glass or silicon cups placed on the skin either by means of suction. The localized vacuum effect stimulates the tissue to release and allows healing to take place. Sometimes, the treatment leaves a temporary redness in circular shapes but will dissipate over 2-3 days.
Cupping has also been found to affect the body up to several inches below the skin, causing tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, help activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, activate the skin.
Electroacupuncture is quite similar to traditional acupuncture in that the same points are stimulated during treatment. As with regular acupuncture, needles are inserted on specific points along the body and are micro-stimulated with a gentle continuous electric pulse. Electroacupuncture is considered to be especially useful for conditions in which there is an accumulation of Qi, such as in chronic pain syndromes, or in cases where the Qi is difficult to stimulate.
Gua sha is a traditional Chinese medicine technique of gently applying pressure and scraping the skin that moves the Qi and blood, promoting circulation and metabolic processes. The patient can experience immediate relief from pain, fever, chills, cough, or nausea. Gua Sha is commonly used to treat acute infections, upper respiratory diseases, digestive problems, acute and chronic pain, and many other disorders. This can leave light bruising that will dissipate in 1-3 days.
Auricular therapy is one of the most important components of traditional Chinese acupuncture. It is a specialized form where the auricle (ear) is used to stimulate various organs and meridians in the body.
Auricular therapy is widely used for many conditions, including addiction treatment, mood disorders, obesity, pain, and other conditions.
Ear acupuncture points may be stimulated for a longer period of time by using ear seeds that are adhered to the ear with adhesive tape and have small seeds from the vaccaria plant or modern versions with metal beads of stainless steel or gold-plated and crystals.