There are a number of related therapies which are available as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
These may be offered as treatments within their own right or used alongside the acupuncture treatment depending on the condition. These include:
Chinese Medical Massage (Tui Na)
Tui Na massage is sometimes referred to as acupuncture without needles. It is a massage which works on the specific channels of the body where the relevant acupuncture points are located and it uses a range of techniques which generally move blood and energy to remove stagnation or blockages which may be the cause of pain or other imbalances. A less vigorous technique is used in cases of depletion or deficiency. Generally, this type of massage is carried out with the patient fully clothed. I have a Licentiate in Tui Na having undergome a 1 year full time training course at the City College of Acupuncture.
Cupping therapy refers to the use of small glass cups which are heated to create a vacuum and are then placed on the body resulting in some suction to the skin. This performs a sort of internal massage and can be very effective in removing stagnation and toxins often found in pain conditions.
This is a form of warming therapy using a herb which both warms and nourishes area of depletion and cold. I use this therapy more as an adjunct to the Tui Na massage which works very well.
This is a relatively new addition to the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine and uses small terminals which are attached to the end of the needles which then carry a small charge from a 'TENS' like machine. This therapy is particularly useful when treating painful conditions.
Tai Chi is considered to be one of the branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine which offers lifestyle benefits such as improved flexibility and balance, strengthening the immune system, and helping to focus and calm the mind. As a qualified instructor I run regular classes locally and I often advise patients of the benefits of regular Tai Chi practice to improve their well being.
A medical heat-lamp is often used alongside acupuncture treatment where heat application is considered beneficial.