Adjunctive Therapies

Moxibustion

Moxibustion is an ancient technique in which dried mugwort leaves (Artemisia argyi Folium) is burnt on or near the skin.  Moxibustion is intended to warm specific acupuncture points or whole regions of the body.  This therapy is used to increase blood flow to areas of injury, nourish deficiencies, and warm areas where cold has accumulated.  Moxibustion is often used as an adjunctive treatment to acupuncture.

 

Cupping 

Cupping is a therapy in which round cups are applied to the body by suction.  This technique brings toxins and impurities to the surface of the skin thereby dispersing accumulations.  Cupping is commonly used in the treatment of respiratory diseases, musculoskeletal pain, and traumatic injury.

 

 

Gua Sha

Gua Sha is a technique in which the skin is purposefully rubbed using the curved side of a spoon or other smooth object.  Gua sha brings impurities to the surface of the skin so they may be released.  This process clears blockages in the superficial vessels allowing qi and blood to flow unimpeded in previously congested areas.  This provides a release to tense muscles, reducing inflammation and clearing heat.

 

Tui Na

Tui Na literally translates to “push and grasp”.  It is a form of medical massage designed to stimulate acupuncture points, release muscle spasms, and clear stagnation within channels.  These massage techniques promote the circulation of qi and blood, resolve swelling, and reduce restrictions in muscles.  Tui Na is commonly used to treat both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions but it is not restricted to such disorders.  When appropriate, tui na is used as an adjunctive therapy to acupuncture.

Pediatric Tui Na

Pediatric tui na is a special system of therapeutic massage designed to prevent and treat pediatric diseases.  It is an independent treatment system intended for infants and children.  Pediatric tui na uses points and pathways which often do not correspond to those used in adult acupuncture.  These unique massage techniques are a gentle way of influencing a child’s qi without the use of needles.

Some common ailments frequently treated with pediatric tui na include: common cold, asthma, colic, ear infections, diarrhea, constipation, fever, acid reflux, vomiting and allergies.  Often times, parents will be instructed to use certain tui na techniques to continue the treatment at home.  Periodic wellness visits are recommended at the change of season to bolster the immune system and promote development and health throughout the year.

 

Diet & Lifestyle

Diet and lifestyle are integral components of health and well-being according to traditional Chinese medicine.  These are fundamental considerations when evaluating disease processes.  At Westchester Acupuncture, we will review your general diet and life habits and make any appropriate adjustments or recommendations to your existing routine.

 

Qi Gong

Qi Gong is a series of physical movements guided by the strength of the mind to stimulate the body’s internal flow of qi.  Harmony is its guiding principle.  Qi gong exercises are recommended as a means to preserve health, strengthen insufficiencies and promote balance.  The goal is to achieve a state of harmony between mind and body.  When appropriate, particular qi gong exercises may be recommended as part of the treatment plan.