Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) includes several techniques to be developed in therapy, the best known is acupuncture. But, in addition, moxibustion, auriculopuncture, cupping, acupressure and electroacupuncture are very common and effective.
Moxibustion is one of the techniques used in traditional Chinese medicine to perform different types of interventions. It is performed using the heat emitted by a cylinder (cigar) made from the dried leaves of the Artemisia vulgaris plant, called moxa.
Moxa can also come in powder form that can be used to make cones that are used on specific areas of the body, directly on the skin. Moxa cigars are usually used by holding them and moving them in circles or using a moxa box to heat larger areas of the body.
The procedure involves using the heat from the cigar to stimulate acupuncture points, meridians or areas of the body. The aim is to balance the body thanks to the stimuli produced by the heat that penetrates the different areas where they are used.
The advantages are multiple:
- disease prevention,
- warming and toning of the body,
- pain relief (e.g. arthritis),
- strengthening the immune system.
Indeed, by heating the meridians, it mobilizes blood and energy, thus improving the general state of health. It is widely used in weakened people suffering from chronic fatigue to revitalize the body, although it can treat a variety of illnesses, both acute and chronic.
It is also used in different types of illnesses, whether acute or chronic (lack of memory, fatigue, …). One of the most common uses in the West concerns pregnant women when, at the end of pregnancy, the baby is not in a cephalic position for delivery.
Moxa can be used independently or combined with other techniques used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (acupuncture, chinese massage…).
Auriculopuncture, or auriculotherapy, is a therapeutic technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In addition to stimulating acupuncture points in the body, it can be replicated in the auricular pavilion, which is considered a microsystem. The foundations of a microsystem follow the principle that one part of the body can reflect the rest of the body as a whole, therefore, any discomfort that occurs in the body is reflected in the microsystem, in this case, in the ears. Thus, by examining the ears, we will perceive the affected areas more sensitive to touch or even notice a different colour.
To stimulate the points, seed patches, magnets or pins are usually used, with which specific points in the pinna are stimulated to generate an effect in the body that promotes and balances certain bodily functions.
This technique is used, among other things, to promote the circulation of energy, promote analgesia, reduce stress, calm anxiety in case of procedures for addictions such as smoking or food, in case of sleep disorders and allergies.
One of the advantages is that it can be easily combined with other techniques and the person can keep it for several days and stimulate the points several times a day.
Cupping is done with small glass cups that are applied to the skin. The inside of the cup is heated by a flame to generate a vacuum effect and allow it to adhere to the skin by suction.
This technique can be used as a massage, sliding it from side to side or fixed on certain acupuncture points or painful areas to decongest the area.
The cupping is used to stimulate blood circulation in case of stagnation, eliminate cold, reduce inflamed areas or swollen joints, eliminate toxins, remove excess mucus, among many other uses.
The cupping as a massage is very often used in aesthetic acupuncture procedures in accumulated fat.
Digitopuncture, or acupressure, involves applying pressure with the fingers or joints to the acupuncture points. Acupuncture has its roots in acupuncture because it stimulates the points defined by acupuncture. It is used by those who are unfamiliar with needles or who are afraid of needles.
The purpose of acupressure is to harmonize energy. Its use is recommended for the states of :
- muscle aches and pains,
Digitopuncture sessions are the same as acupuncture sessions, except that the points are stimulated with the fingers one by one.
Electro-acupuncture, or electro-stimulation, is a technique used in acupuncture procedures.
Once the needles are placed, they are connected to a small electrostimulation device, which produces a small electrical charge, making the energy flow faster and thus obtaining a faster analgesic effect.
- People with epilepsy,
- People with heart disease,
- People with cerebrovascular problems.
Electro-acupuncture is mainly used in cases of severe pain (e.g. sciatica) because it allows a faster flow of energy and thus a rapid decrease in pain, chronic pain and aesthetic acupuncture procedures of accumulated fat to increase movement and subsequent fat elimination.