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Moxibustion (Moxa)

Other Modalities -   Moxibustion involves the heating of acupuncture points with smoldering mugwort herb (known as moxa). Moxibustion stimulates circulation, counteracts cold and dampness in the body, and promotes the smooth flow of blood and qi. This safe, non-invasive technique may be used alone, but it is generally used in conjunction with acupuncture treatment.

Tui Na

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Tui na means "pushing grasping," and is a powerful form of Chinese medical bodywork. Based on the same Oriental medical principles as acupuncture, tui na seeks to improve the flow of qi through the meridian channels. Tui na is particularly effective for conditions involving muscles, tendons and joints, such as structural misalignment, orthopedic problems and sports injuries. It can also be used to treat internal diseases.


Cupping is an ancient technique, used in many cultures, in which a special cup is applied to the skin and held in place by suction. The suction draws superficial tissue into the cup, which may either be left in place or moved along the body. Cupping brings fresh blood to the area and helps improve circulation. Traditional cupping, sometimes referred to as “fire cupping," uses heat to create a vacuum-like suction inside of glass cups. In modern times, cups that use a small pump to create suction have also been introduced.

Gua Sha

Gua Sha is another technique used to release muscle tension, tightness and constriction.  A specialized tool is used to gently scrape or rub the skin over a problem area.  Gua Sha feels like deep massage.  It leaves some slight redness that will quickly dissipate.

Acupuncture Electrical Stimulation

Electrical stimulation is another technique used to deal with chronic pain. A brief electrical pulse is applied to nerve endings just under the skin has been shown to work with some chronic pain sufferers. This technique is referred to as Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation(TENS) and is typically preformed around where the pain occurs. The frequency of the electrical pulse and the voltage used are very important.

TDP Lamp

A TDP lamp is similar to a heat lamp, however it features a round plate coated with minerals consisting of 33 elements essential to the human body. When the mineral plate is heated, it emits a special band of electromagnetic waves that coincide with the wavelengths and intensity of the electromagnetic waves released and consequently absorbed by the human body. This absorbed electromagnetic energy has been found to yield therapeutic effects on the human body by: 

Helping to generate various beneficial biochemical stimuli that the body may lack due to illness or injury.
Accelerating the decomposition of injured structures, such as bad cells.
Enhancing the body's function of adjustment and immunity. With its relaxing, warm temperature, the TDP lamp is very effective for temporary relief of minor muscular and joint pain and improvement of local, superficial blood circulation.

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

38C Grove Street, Suite F

Second Floor, Ridgefield, CT

Phone: (646) 535-1906


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