As well as needling acupuncture points, a traditional Acupuncturist may use other Chinese medicine techniques as appropriate, such as:
Electro-acupuncture.This is an form of acupuncture that involves the use of micro electrical pulses at acupoints and is particularly good for pain management , especially in cases of chronic pain, rheumatic and arthritic conditions, musculo-skeletal trauma. It is also helpful for certain neurological conditions including spasm, peripheral-neuropathy and paralysis.
Moxibustion: heat is applied to an acupuncture point or meridian using moxa (a therapeutic herb) to warm and relax muscles and enhance energy flow. It is very effective for certain types of painful or inflammatory conditions.
- TDP Lamp/Far Infrared Mineral Therapy.TDP stands for “Special Electromagnetic Spectrum” in Chinese. The TDP Lamp is a infrared lamp with a special mineralised plate. It is sometimes called a “Moxa Lamp” and can be used instead of or in conjunction with moxibustion. It works by emitting an infrared spectrum which is specific to the mineral plate on the lamp head. The TDP Lamp is very effective for relief of pain, and helping stimulate blood flow in the area exposed, relieving muscle and joint stiffness, muscle spasms, muscular back pain, and sprains and strains.
Cupping: small specialised cups with a vacuum seal are placed on the skin to stimulate blood flow and clear congestion by drawing out and eliminating pathogens. Cupping can be used to treat respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, asthma, and congestion; arthritis; gastrointestinal disorders; and certain types of pain.
- Chinese Dietetics. In Chinese Medicine the therapeutic attributes of different foods are taken into account. Food is seen as medicine and as such can be a powerful tool for correcting dis-harmonies. Likewise a diet unsuited to the individual’s needs can be the cause of disease. Dietary therapy can be used in conjunction with acupuncture to enhance the long-term effects of treatments. Dietary recommendations are specific to the individual – each person has a different constitution and therefore different nutritional needs – what is right for one person may not work so well for another.
- Chinese Herbal Medicine. This is a very extensive part of TCM and includes the dispensing of various Chinese herbal prescriptions in the form of natural herbs, powders, ointments and other medical preparations.
- Auricular-Acupuncture. Also known as Ear-Acupuncture. It involves the stimulation of the external ear for treatment of a wide variety of health conditions in other parts of the body. Very fine sterile needles, or seeds are used. It is known mostly for its success in the treatment of addictions, digestive disorders and stress related conditions. Although it is considered an entire system of treatment unto itself, it is often used with body acupuncture as an adjunctive treatment.