Adjunct TCM Therapies

Electro Acupuncture and Motor Point Therapy

Electro acupuncture (EA) is seen as a relatively new technique compared to the majority of acupuncture practices. It can be simply seen as a replacement for constant practitioner stimulation of needles, that in the past was done manually.

 

EA origins, originally developed around 1934 , some sources however credit Japanese scientist in the 1940s with its creation, and other sources have provided evidence of usage in the 1800 in france and italy. Regardless of its origin it has now in modern times become a very common and useful practice.

Benefits and Usage

  • Provide specific frequency to treat and manage pain both chronic and acute. ( Lau et al. 2008) (Sima et al. 2016)

    • Specific frequencies induce the release of endogenous opiates

  • Reduce muscle tension

    • Beneficial for musculoskeletal motor and trigger point releases.

    • Promote improved healing and recovery

  • Provide a stronger continuous stimulus to specific acupuncture points.

  • ​Clinical trials have shown promise in aiding ​

    • Incontinence​

    • Infection

    • Nerve Damage 

    • Paralysis - Stroke and Bells Palsy 

Lau, W. K., Chan, W. K., Zhang, J. L., Yung, K. K. L., & Zhang, A. H. Q. (n.d.). ELECTROACUPUNCTURE INHIBITS CYCLOOXYGENASE-2 UP-REGULATION IN RAT SPINAL CORD AFTER SPINAL NERVE LIGATION. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroscience.2008.06.016

Sima, L., Fan, B., Yan, L., & Shui, Y. (2016). Effects of Electroacupuncture Treatment on Bone Cancer Pain Model with Morphine Tolerance. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2016, 1–5. https://doi.org/10.1155/2016/8028474

Tuina Gua Sha And Cupping

Tui na, Gua Sha and Cupping may all be used as an adjunct with your acupuncture treatment. 

Tui na - Traditional Chinese massage, focused on addressing specific patterns of disharmony within the body 

Gua Sha - Scraping of a rounded stone tool across areas of the body to improve circulation, unbind muscle and promote healing. 

Cupping- Also know now in MST circles as decompression, involves the placing of plastic or glass cups under suction on points across the body in areas of tension or stagnation. Cupping relaxes muscles in spasms, decreases trigger point pain, and clears stagnation in muscles and sinews. 

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