Electro-acupuncture is a modern addition to acupuncture's traditional techniques.  It involves the application of a pulsating electrical current to acupuncture needles as a means of stimulating the acupoints. 

Acupuncture needles are inserted as normal and then electrodes are attached to the needles to provide continued stimulation.  Electro-acupuncture may benefit numerous conditions, including chronic pain management.  It is contra-indicated if you have a pace-maker.

Guasha (pronounced gwahshah) is a cleansing technique used by many practitioners of traditional medicines. In guasha, the practitioner uses a stroking action to methodically apply pressure to the skin with a specialised round-ended instrument. This technique causes small red or purple spots (petechiae) called 'sha' to appear. The skin is not damaged in any way and the redness fades in a few days.

Guasha is used to move blocked "qi" (energy), which is considered to be the main cause of pain and stiffness in muscles and joints.

Guasha is a specialist technique and is contraindicated in certain cases. The easiest way to ensure your practitioner is properly trained is by visiting a British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) member.

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Acupuncture involves the insertion of ultra-fine, single use, sterile needles into specific Acupuncture points in the body.  These points will have been selected by your Acupuncturist depending on your traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis.

Moxibustion (Moxa) involves the burning of the herb Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) in either a specially prepared cigar-shaped roll, loose onto needles or in a “moxa-box” over the body. All of these methods are designed to warm the body and can even be used to add warmth to specific acupuncture points & warm and relax muscles.

Moxa is also used as a technique for turning breech presenting babies.  This training is offered by Acupuncture Cumbria, visit here for details.

Cupping is an ancient technique that was initially used in ancient China to treat common colds.  It involves creating a vacuum in glass or plastic cups, either by using a flame to burn out the oxygen inside or using a suction pump.  The vacuum created may stimulate blood flow to the area.

Sliding cups over a larger body area is another technique which may be applied to larger body areas like the upper back.  This is also a technique used in cellulite reduction.