Cupping, or fire cupping is also a common practice of Chinese Medicine. A vacuum is created in the cups using either fire or suction. This draws the skin up and creates a localized reaction on the skin. Cupping helps to flush out the toxins from your body as a detox, open up the energetic meridians, and stimulate the lymphatic system. Cups are placed on muscles with a slight suction. They can be moved as a form of massage or left in place for a few minutes. Sometimes the muscles can look pink to purple and will look like a bruise but should not be painful. The marks will go away in a few days.
Cupping is best for conditions of muscle pain and acute sickness in order to be released from the body.
Gua-Sha or scraping, is a technique used by pressing onto the skin repeatedly in a one directional approach with a tool. This helps to redirect muscle fibers, fascia, and creating an immune reaction to the skin surface to help the body to heal itself.
There will most likely result in redness to the skin area which is called petechiae and will resolve in a few days.
Auricular Acupuncture is administered by using points on the ear, either with needles or with ear seeds. The ear is an example of the body. Parts of the ear will pertain to certain organs and body parts.
This type of acupuncture is a great way to increase the body's awareness to a particular area to allow the body to heal itself. It can be used as well when a patient cannot or should not have needles inserted into the body. Your acupuncturist will determine which type will be best for you.
Electrical Acupuncture is when electrical stimulation is attached to the acupuncture needles. Traditionally, the acupuncturist would stimulate the needles with their hands. This is a modern variation which uses electricity.
Stimulation is used especially in conditions of pain, weight loss, and neurological disorders.