Exploring Non-Needle Treatments

Acupuncture needles are not as painful as people often assume! Some patients even describe needling as a mere tingling sensation. But if you fall within the category of people who have an overwhelming phobia of needles, you’ll be relieved to discover that there are non-needle treatments that may be effective.

Although non-needle treatments are useful, experts advise patients to incorporate it as a complementary treatment to support traditional acupuncture. Explore the non-needle treatments highlighted below (offered at Centre of Balance) and see if you can find one that fits your preference.

*Please note: As much as you may prefer one technique to another, the practitioner will recommend the best treatment plan for your condition. 

  1. Acupressure 

Acupressure may be used to stimulate points on the body, as an alternative to acupuncture.

As the name suggests, acupressure involves stimulation of acupuncture without inserting needles. This gentle and non-invasive traditional Chinese treatment may be used to treat a wide array of conditions. Acupressure works by stimulating the bodys natural healing mechanisms.

When is acupressure applicable and ideal? If your child is suffering from a cold, acupressure may be used for both prevention and relief. It’s also suitable for treating poor blood circulation, constipation, mobility problems, arthritis, and sciatica among others things. Pregnant women should consult their practitioner about the safety of acupressure for their condition. As you consider acupressure treatment, please remember that it may be less potent than traditional acupuncture. Therefore your practitioner may schedule more treatments to achieve the same result.

  1. Ear Acupuncture
Ear acupuncture or auricular acupuncture may be an effective treatment method for many conditions.

Also known as Auricular Acupuncture, this treatment involves the stimulation of a network of acupoints (over 200 on each ear) with tiny pellets or seeds. According to traditional Chinese medicine, the acupoints on the ear are representative of the human bodys functions and parts. Small seeds are affixed to the ear for up to 1 week. During this time the patient is required to stimulate the acupoints several times a day.

As with all treatment techniques, ear acupuncture starts with an exam. Trained practitioners can determine the root cause and possible treatment of an imbalance by observing the skin variations, protrusions/depressions, coloration changes, and tenderness of the ears. The reasoning behind auricular acupuncture is that stimulation of cranial nerves located on the ear’s auricle provides access to the central nervous system resulting in a healing response. It may be used for weight loss and addictions among other conditions.

  1. Cupping

Cupping may be an effective treatment method for many conditions.

Although cupping is a technique that is as old as traditional acupuncture (over 2,500 years), it has not enjoyed popularity and acceptance among the general public until recent years.  But when Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps showed up for the Rio Olympics with cupping marks on his body, we saw that the treatment is rapidly gaining credibility and acceptance among athletes and the general population.

How does cupping work? The history of cupping started off with animal horn, then brass, ceramic, bamboo, and currently, glass cups. The cups are heated and applied to the body thus creating a vacuum effect. This draws skin to the cup leading to reduced inflammation, muscle relaxation, increased blood & lymph circulation, the release of toxins, and stimulation of the acupoints. From digestive and respiratory problems, to body aches, cupping can be used to treat many conditions.

  1. Nutritional Therapy

We all know that food is essential for our survival. But did you know that food has therapeutic properties that can prevent disease and even heal the body? Eating is not just about stuffing edibles into your mouth to keep the ‘engine running, ’ there’s an art to what constitutes a good diet – and our fast-paced lifestyle often ignores this fact. Lifestyle conditions such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, and obesity are relatively common in our society. Traditional Chinese medicine recommends the addition or exclusion of various foods from your diet to help with your specific condition. Your next meal may be the beginning of your healing journey.

  1. Moxibustion

Moxibustion may be an effective treatment method for many conditions.

Thanks to early Chinese medical practitioners, we now have a non-invasive non-needle therapy that can reduce pain, promote circulation, and restore balance. All it takes is burning moxa (made from the Mugwort plant) over the acupoints. You can even take a moxa stick home for self-therapy. Together with traditional acupuncture, moxibustion can alleviate a wide variety of ailments ranging from chronic conditions to general health.

What Next?

It does not matter if you have a phobia for needles, here at Centre of Balance Hamilton we have you covered. Just head over to our contact page and begin your journey to a better, healthier life.

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