All of the modalities that make up the "EOMTC" grouping have been clinically proven to be ameliorative, beneficial, and restorative. Any of these complimentary options may be added into an acupuncture treatment to enhance and support the goals laid out at the beginning of each session.
Essential oils are aromatic liquids that are distilled from flowers, trees, bushes, roots, and seeds. Essential oils are some of the most concentrated natural extracts and most powerful therapeutic agents known. Essential oils, in their pure state, exhibit a profound influence on the central nervous system. In clinical practice, they have shown an ability to help reduce pain, release muscle tension, and provide an emotional uplift. They also exhibit antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and hormone-balancing effects.
Moxibustion involves the heating of acupuncture points with smoldering mugwort herb (known as moxa). Moxibustion stimulates circulation, counteracts cold and dampness in the body, and promotes the smooth flow of blood and qi. This safe, non-invasive technique may be used alone, but it is generally used in conjunction with acupuncture treatment.
Tui na means "pushing grasping," and is a powerful form of Chinese medical bodywork. Based on the same Oriental medical principles as acupuncture, tui na seeks to improve the flow of qi through the meridian channels. Tui na is particularly effective for conditions involving muscles, tendons and joints, such as structural misalignment, orthopedic problems and sports injuries. It can also be used to treat internal diseases.
Cupping is an ancient technique, used in many cultures, in which a special cup is applied to the skin and held in place by suction. The suction draws superficial tissue into the cup, which may either be left in place or moved along the body. Cupping brings fresh blood to the area and helps improve circulation. Traditional cupping, sometimes referred to as “fire cupping," uses heat to create a vacuum-like suction inside of glass cups. In modern times, cups that use a small pump to create suction have also been introduced.