Seattle Acupuncture &  Pain Management 

916 E Miller St    Seattle, WA 98102     Phone: (206) 459-3704  

Other Therapies » Other Healing Modalities Used

 

Herbal Medicine

Oriental Medicine practitioners study years of herbal medicine and are qualified to prescribe herbal prescriptions that treat specific diseases based on the pattern the patient presents. Herbal formulas are individually developed for the patient and can be filled at herbal dispensaries in your local area. The great thing about herbs and herbal formulas is that they incorporate and use all natural “from this earth” herbs and substances: like parts of flowers, stems and barks, roots, fruits and substances like oyster shells, animal bones, and natural minerals.

 
Oriental herbal medicines are never created synthetically nor do they ever, ever use processed substances like granulated sugar.
 
Another advantage for using herbs and herbal formulas is that they don’t typically cause side effects like Western prescriptions do.


Cupping Therapy

Cupping Therapy 

can provide an especially pleasant experience. One of the earliest documentations of cupping can be found in the work titled, A Handbook of Prescriptions for Emergencies, which was written by a Taoist herbalist by the name of Ge Hong and which dates all the way back to 300 AD.
 
Cupping is the term applied to a technique that uses small glass or plastic cups as suction devices that are placed on the skin. There are several ways that a practitioner can create the suction in the cups. One method involves swabbing rubbing alcohol onto the bottom of the cup, then lighting it and putting the cup immediately against the skin.  Flames are never used near the skin and are not lit throughout the process of cupping, but rather are a means to create the heat that causes the suction within the small cups.


Once the suction has occurred, the cups can be gently moved back and forth across the skin (often referred to as "gliding cupping"). The suction in the cups causes the skin and superficial muscle layer to be drawn into the cup. Cupping is much like the inverse of massage - rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward. For most patients, this is a particularly relaxing and relieving sensation. Once suctioned, the cups are generally left in place for about ten minutes while the patient relaxes. Generally, cupping is combined with acupuncture in one treatment, but it can also be used alone. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system (which makes it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure). Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite.
 

 

Tui Na Massage 

Another popular Chinese healing modality. It is very gentle and it targets a specific region on the body that has been injured due to any reason or that is causing the patient chronic pain. The practitioner will start with specific orthopedic testing both subjectively and objectively to determine whether the injury is skin related, muscle related or bone related. Once this is complete, the practitioner will gently massage and work the target area (to stimulate the immune and circulatory systems). They start at the skin level, then move deeper to the Qi level, then the blood level. Once the target area has been prepared with massage techniques, the practitioner will perform specific techniques that gently treat a specific condition. The practitioner may opt to use acupuncture needles whenever they feel it’s necessary. Most patients feel wonderful after one Tuina treatment. One must understand that although many reap benefits from Tui Na during their first visit, some patients may not be so fortunate. You must understand that if you have suffered from a chronic condition for many years, it make take a few months for your condition to completely resolve, and in order for a successful recovery you must get regular treatments.
 

Multiple Cups
 
Auricular E-Stim Therapy
E-Stim Therapy

E-Stim

Electroacupuncture/E-Stim is quite similar to traditional
acupuncture in that some of the acupuncture points are stimulated during treatment. As with traditional acupuncture, needles are inserted in to specific points on the body. The needles are then attached to a device that generates continuous or mixed electrical pulses using small clips. These devices are used to adjust the frequency and intensity of the impulse being delivered, depending on the condition being treated. Electroacupuncture uses two needles at a time so that the impulses can pass from one needle to the other. Several pairs of needles can be stimulated simultaneously, usually for no more than 30 - 45 minutes at a time.


Gua Sha 

is another healing modality an Oriental Medicine practitioner will use to move and release pathogenic factors that have entered the body. The acupuncturist will use a dull scraping tool with an oil applied to the skin and scrap over and over on a specific part of the body. Gua Sha may leave red patches on the body whereever the technique is used and it is extremely effective and therapeutic for colds and sore throats and chronic pain.