Chinese Medicine ~ Therapies w/o Needles

Acupuncture is the most common mode of treatment in Chinese Medicine, but there are circumstances where needles are not necessary or other powerful methods are included in treatment to help inspire the body’s natural healing response. These other methods include Tui Na (Chinese massage), Moxibustion, Cupping, and Gua Sha.



Moxa is short for moxibustion which is a therapeutic herbal heat treatment that is applied to acupuncture points on the body using burning dried mugwort (artemesia vulagaris).


Moxa is commonly used for pain, emotional anxieties, deficient and immune compromised constitutions. It is especially helpful in strengthening the immune system, relieving chronic pain and replenishing energetic reserves.



Cupping refers to an ancient practice in which a partial vacuum is created in a glass, bamboo, or plastic jar by either heat or suction and placed on the surface of the skin.


It helps in ensuring a healthy functioning system and is primarily used for the treatment of pain, body aches due to inflammation and overuse or chronic injury.  It can also be incorporated to treat the lungs including acute colds, asthma and chronic cough.


Large bone scraper tool being used ruing a guasha acupuncture treatment

Guasha is therapeutic technique that intentionally raises Sha from the depths of the tissues. The observance of Sha is considered to be evidence of some form of stagnation in the body.


Gua Sha’s therapeutics benefits are vast. It is often applied if the patient has acute or long standing aches and pains.  Gua Sha is also used to prevent and treat the common cold or flu, as well as a myriad of respiratory disorders.



Tuina is an assortment of therapeutic techniques developed in China over 2,000 years ago. The Tuina system incorporates methods similar to osteopathic, chiropractic, and physiotherapy in the form of specific massage, acupressure and body work.


Many times acupressure points are utilized in conjunction with Tuina treatments to enhance its effectiveness and to obtain the desired results.