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Hate needles? No problem!

Hate needles? No problem!

by Grace Ganel

Here at Three Treasures Wellness, we understand that not everyone is “down” with needles. There are plenty of ways to treat acupuncture points! Plus, there are many modalities that work the same channel systems, promoting smooth flow of blood and breath energy, without needles. I practice Zero Balancing - gently manipulating joints and body parts to encourage health on all levels. Other modalities include Yin Yoga, Reiki, acupressure, reflexology, tai chi, and more.

In this week’s blog, learn about some of the non-needle therapies that are integral to the treatments offered by Three Treasures Wellness’ Grace Ganel.

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

1) Moxibustion

Moxibustion is the art of warming acupuncture points using a dried herb called mugwort (moxa in Japanese). The Japanese schools of acupuncture use a lot of moxa. It can be practiced directly on the skin, or indirectly in a packed or rolled form, or by placing something between the skin and the moxa, such as a slice of fresh ginger, or salt. In direct moxibustion, the moxa is rolled into a conical shape and lit on fire using the ember from an incense stick. The patient is instructed to tell the practitioner “hot” when they first feel the warmth of the moxa, and the practitioner removes the burning moxa before it reaches the skin. The moxa feels pleasantly warm. It may leave a slight yellow tinge to the skin, and the skin may appear pink immediately after moxibustion, but adverse events are rare (McPherson, Scullion, Thomas, and Walters, 2004). My patients love receiving moxa treatments. It’s a great way to give people some TLC, and add some energy into a tired, cold body, mind, and spirit.

2) Cupping

Cupping uses glass, plastic, or silicone cups with suction or some other means of forming a vacuum. Cupping leaves bruise marks that are typically painless. The theory behind this technique is to raise blood and energy to the surface of the body, moving stagnant fluids in injured muscles, and to help the body fight pathogens. I find that this technique supports people with symptoms of common cold, sports injuries, tremors, spasms, and muscle tightness. It was in the news a few years ago when Michael Phelps and other Olympic swimmers were covered in cupping bruises. I liken the effects of cupping to receiving a 90 minute massage in 10 minutes.