Spirit Healer Acupuncture
Adjunctive Treatments:
Along with your Acupuncture treatments, there may be other treatments that can benefit your healing process.  
Your practitioner will explain these prior to utilizing these techniques.  If the practitioner feels that any of these
adjunctive treatments could be of benefit, there will not be any extra charge at this time.

These adjunctive treatments, which include, but are not limited to cupping, moxabustion, Gua sha, and electric
stimulation have been used in China along with Acupuncture and herbal therapies for centuries.  All techniques
should be performed by trained professionals only.  Their descriptions follow:

Cupping
Cupping is the process of stimulating a point by creating a vacuum over the area.  Air in a special cup is warmed
and placed upside-down on the body.  The air is allowed to cool which forms a partial vacuum.  This will bring
blood and energy to the point.

Moxibustion
Moxibustion is a technique which can be used on most Acupuncture points to warm and stimulate energy.  A
burning herb, called moxa, is used.  There are two techniques that practitioners may use.  The first is to hold the  
point of the needle over the burning moxa so that a warm needle can be inserted into the body to stimulate the
point without harming the skin.  The second technique is to hold a small cone/cigar shaped moxa stick, with a
glowing tip, over an Acupuncture point which is removed as soon as heat is felt.  Moxa has a wonderful smell and
is a very pleasant form of treatment.

Gua Sha
Gua Sha is technique of scraping spoons or other tools over the muscles to improve circulation.  The Chinese
believe it expels wind (an evil pathogen) from the surface of the skin.  Western medicine has found that
increased blood flow to the treated area helps to vent heat from the body.  This method may lead to bruising.

Electric Stimulation
In electric stimulation, electrodes are attached to needles inserted into Acupuncture points that are areas of low
electrical resistance.  A small electrical current is passed through the needles to stimulate the point and restore
the balance of the area.  This technique is typically used by modern Acupuncturists.