Most acupuncturists today, us included, practice traditional acupuncture which relies on the principles of Chinese folk medicine. These principles were created, practised and upgraded for more than two and a half millennia. Experts agree that traditional acupuncture is holistic in its essence. This means that it doesn’t focus only on specific symptoms. Traditional acupuncture is based on the belief that, regardless of the type of pain and illness and the area where it occurs; this is just a sign of imbalance of our body in general.
There is a wide range of traditional acupuncture schools and they use different diagnostic methods and styles. What we all have in common is the effort to boost health and well-being by taking care of the direct cause of a health problem and easing symptoms too. All acupuncture styles are based on Chinese traditional medicine. However, there are a few distinctive techniques in traditional acupuncture which are often utilised as independent treatment. Every experienced acupuncturist knows these techniques and uses them whenever it is appropriate. Besides the well-known needling points, a treatment like this often requires other ancient Chinese techniques such as:
Chinese Therapeutic Massage or Tuina – this massage is used to ease muscle cramps and tension, activate acupressure points, trigger qi circulation and open up energy
Moxibustion – this is a word used to describe the use of in
direct heat with the help of moxa (well-known medicinal herbs) and heat lamps to make the tensed muscles relaxed and open up the meridians of energy.
Cupping – this method is getting quite popular these days. It involves glass cups that come with a vacuum seal put directly on the skin to trigger blood circulation and remove inert Qi. Many celebrities are getting regular cupping sessions including Samuel L. Jackson.
Electro-Acupuncture – same as ordinary acupuncture, but in this case the therapist uses electrical current at extremely low frequency to the needles.
Guasha – intense rubbing of different parts of the skin to stimulate blood circulation.
Medical acupuncture is used by doctors, osteopaths and physiotherapists. Auricular acupuncture is based on acupuncture points located on our ears. Trigger point acupuncture is used by physiotherapists and osteopaths for pain in the muscles and bones.