Monday, October 23, 2017

Most people correctly associate acupuncture therapy with thin needles being inserted into strategic energy points by a licensed professional. Acupuncture works by clearing the energy channels, or meridians, within the body and thus can cure pain and disease. Acupuncture has been proven effective with a variety of medical conditions, including chronic pain relief, autoimmune disorders, energy problems, cognitive issues, sleep disorders, dermatological conditions and musculoskeletal problems. However, acupuncture treatment involves much more than just multiple needles being inserted into the skin. Your friendly medical center in Miami Beach offers the following useful alternative treatments that are integrated into modern acupuncture.

Integrated Techniques

Acupuncture is not just a standalone procedure. In fact, there are both ancient and modern alternative therapies that are often used in conjunction with acupuncture, which include:

  • Moxibustion
  • Cupping therapy
  • Electro-acupuncture

Moxibustion involves burning moxa, or dried mugwort, directly on the patient’s skin or indirectly on the end of the acupuncture needles. Moxibustion is less popular because of the obvious potential for burns. The easiest way practitioners implement this medical therapy is through a moxa roll, which resembles a cigar, which is simply held near the acupuncture point.

Cupping and Electro-acupuncture

Cupping therapy, or ba guan, is a much more popular and effective treatment method. Cupping involves applying heat inside a cup to create a vacuum when placed on the back. Practitioner simply light an alcohol soaked cotton ball on fire, whirl it inside the cup and quickly place on the back. Cupping is very popular in Mainland China and very effective with treating a variety of diseases. The hot vacuum inside the cup acts produces results similar to a deep tissue massage. The next time you have massage therapy in Miami, ask the practitioner to learn more. Electro-therapy involves hooking up electrical wires to the ends of the acupuncture needles for a steady, gentle electrical stimulation. Patients report this is very relaxing and researchers have found that it is almost identical to transdermal electrical nerve stimulation. Consider visiting an acupuncturist and nutritionist in Miami FL to maintain your health and well-being.

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