An acupuncture treatment isn’t just about needles. There are several
auxiliary methods used in conjunction with acupuncture, or by themselves
when a patient is wary of getting needled.

Acupressure and Tui Na
These methods stimulate the acupuncture points and meridians via direct
touch. Tui Na incorporates acupressure into a wider array of massage
techniques used to stimulate Qi and blood flow in the meridians, joints
and muscles. It is typically used to treat both acute and chronic
musculoskeletal conditions.  

Moxa, the dried and aged foliage of Artemisia vulgaris, is often burned
over specific points of the body to increase blood and Qi flow, and to
fortify a weak body. It is typically used in chronic conditions and with the
elderly, or when the patient is low on energy or feels cold.

In order to create a vacuum, a flame is drawn into, then pulled out of a
glass vessel, which is then quickly placed on the abdomen or back. This
helps to increase blood and Qi flow in the area, as well as draw toxins to
the surface of the skin where they can be released. It is used to help with
conditions such as musculoskeletal pain, constipation and bronchitis, and
as a treatment for the common cold.

Gua Sha
A very effective way to treat tight, achy muscles and the common cold.
Oil is applied to the skin, and a spoon is scrapped across the area in a
methodical fashion, immediately drawing up stagnant blood and Qi to the
surface, making the skin red and blotchy. Like cupping, this helps
release toxins.

The electrical stimulation of points is commonly used in treating pain,
especially sore muscles. With electro-acupuncture, pairs of needles are
hooked up to a device that generates continuous electrical pulses at low
voltage. A pencil-like probe can also be attached to the device to provide
electrical stimulation without needle insertion.

By stimulating the acupuncture points with a 5 milliwatt laser that emits
light at 635 nanometers, we achieve similar effects to having them
needled. This is the method of choice for those who cannot tolerate
being needled.