Oriental Medicine involves more than just needles. There are multiple modalities practitioners can use to encourage your body to heal itself. These techniques include Glass Cupping, Gua-Sha, Tui-Na, and Food Therapy.
Auricular Acupuncture involves the placement of seeds on specific points of the ear. Point selection is based on your Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnosis. Needles can be used in place of ear seeds for a more effective treatment. AA is also associated with the National Acupuncture Detox Association (NADA) Treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is estimated that 10% of the United States Population has some level of PTSD.
Gua Sha (Chinese: 刮痧; pinyin: guā shā), means "scraping sha-bruises", is a traditional Chinese medical treatment in which the skin is scraped to produce light skin discoloration. Gua sha releases unhealthy pathogens from injured areas and stimulates blood flow and healing.
Tui-Na (pronounced "twee naw"), means "pinch and pull," and is a group of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) therapeutic massage and body work techniques. It is essentially used as a treatment method that focuses on specific patterns of disharmony. Gua-sha can be performed with flat or jade tools, but practitioners have also used coins or spoons.
Food is Medicine and Medicine is Food. What we eat either contributes or harms our bodies. When an organ system is having trouble, eating foods appropriate for that organ helps provide nutrients to regain balance.