Traditional Chinese Acupuncture
Is perhaps the most widely spread form of acupuncture, and is the original form of acupuncture from which others have been derived. That being said, there can be considerable variation in the techniques and methods applied within traditional acupuncture because of different schools of thought and approaches in different schools and regions.
This method makes use of small amounts of electricity passed between two needles. This technique is also known as percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, most often abbreviated to PENS. While it may sound daunting, this practice is quite safe and has shown promise in some studies investigating its effectiveness.
Involves the stimulation of acupuncture points through the burning of a herb called moxa near these points. Moxa is used in two ways, either directly on the skin or indirectly through a needle, garlic salt or ginger. Direct moxibuxtion is carried out with a smouldering cigar of moxa, which is used to warm the acupuncture point from a distance of one centimeter.
Auricular acupuncture is the stimulation of acupuncture points on the external ear surface for the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions in other areas of the body. The ear holds a microsystem of the body – maps of the body exist on the surface, or sensory cortex, of the brain. This same brain map is also projected onto different areas of the body, “microsystems”, and in particular precision, onto the ear.
Western medical acupuncture is a therapeutic modality involving the insertion of fine needles; it is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and the principles of evidence based medicine.
Scalp acupuncture is one of several specialized acupuncture techniques with a specific body location, taking its place alongside ear, nose, hand, foot, and wrist/ankle acupuncture. Although the scalp has numerous traditionally-identified acupuncture points along several of the major meridians (notably the stomach, bladder, gallbladder, triple burner, and governing vessel), modern scalp acupuncture differs from traditional acupuncture therapy.