Tracey Green Acupuncture Chinese Medical Arts in Marblehead
Chinese Medical Arts
Gua sha is a technique of scraping the skin to relieve tightness and pain. There are many types of tools for it but in this practice we use a chinese soup spoon. "Gua" means scrape and "Sha" means sand so we are literally "scraping the sand out of the muscles". It can leave a red dotted effect on the skin but the marks always goes away in 3-5 days.
Moxa is an herb that is used on the tips of needles inserted into the skin to increase blood flow as well as warm the needle and enhance the actions of a point. It spreads a warmth around the area and feels soothing to painful areas.
Acupuncture needles are hairlike needles with no cutting edge like a hypodermic needle. Since they have no cutting edge they can be painlessly inserted into the skin. There are different lengths and thicknesses depending on the location of the body where used. Needles are sterile and individually pre-packaged in blister packs and disposable.
Electro acupuncture is used to strongly move the qi in an area. Needles are attached to clips and a mild electrical current is applied.
Chinese cupping is a technique of applying glass cups to the skin to create suction.It is used for tight muscles and chest congestion. The cups can leave purply or red round marks which always go away in 3-5 days.