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Dear Patients and Friends,
In this newsletter I would like to tell you about several Acupuncture and other techniques of traditional oriental medicine that are now available at our offices. I learned how to perform these techniques while I was completing my Masters' degree in Acupuncture at the TriState College of Acupuncture in New York City. The following techniques are performed without the use of acupuncture needles:

Acupressure: Acupressure involves the manual stimulation of Acupuncture points and meridians. In most cases, Acupressure is like massage therapy in that it feels good and is relaxing. However, Acupressure is therapeutic in a different way than massage therapy because it uses Chinese Medical principles to govern treatment. Acupressure is especially useful for headaches, back pain, shoulder pain and hip pain.

Moxabustion: Moxa therapy or moxabustion is a therapy which involves stimulating acupuncture points with heat, which is generated by burning an herb called moxa near specific acupuncture points. Moxabustion is especially useful for chronic conditions, for building energy in situations of prolonged fatigue, and for those who feel cold easily.

Cupping: Cupping is an ancient Chinese form of deep tissue massage in which a vacuum is created in glass cups placed on the skin. It is usually applied to the back. This is another way of stimulating acupuncture points. It is used to stimulate the flow of blood, lymph, and energy to the effected area. Cupping is particularly helpful for those with persistent muscle stiffness, fibromyalgia, and acute or chronic lung or nasal congestion.

Gua Sha: Gua Sha is a technique commonly used in Asia by practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine. When utilizing Gua Sha, gentle pressure is applied to the skin in strokes by a round-edged instrument. This type of stimulation helps to eliminate metabolic wastes and congested blood in the surface tissues and muscles, and it promotes local circulation. Gua Sha is valuable in the treatment of pain, upper respiratory and digestive problems and many acute or chronic disorders.

Electronic Acupoint Meridian Therapy: Electronic Acupoint Meridian Therapy uses the principles of Acupuncture without needles. An electronic Acupoint or Microcurrent device is applied to acupuncture points to provide relief for many types of health conditions, just as with regular Acupuncture.

The length of these treatments can vary from 30 to 60 minutes and may be covered by your insurance. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the above listed techniques and to help you determine which of these techniques may be of benefit to you.

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