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Cupping, a method of stimulating acupuncture points by applying suction through a glass cup, is a complementary treatment to traditional Chinese acupuncture. By applying suction to specific areas, the body redirects the blood to the surface of the skin stimulating that area. The most common uses for cupping are: back ache, sprains, relieving fluid from the lungs caused by bronchitis, and soft tissue ailments. Side effects include “hickey-type” marks on the skin for 2-4 days.

Moxibustion, also known as Moxa, is commonly used in acupuncture, as well. The process of lighting an herb that burns on the tips on the needles, provides a warming effect on specific points in need of attention and warming.

Electrotherapy uses the process of sending electrical impulses through the needles, and is used in addition to the aforementioned methods. It is performed by clamping electrodes to the ends of the needles which in turn aides pain relief and prevention.

In the beginning, most patients tend to be rather skeptical. Often, these same patients find the results very encouraging when their chronic pain cannot be assisted through any other method. Most patients believe that acupuncture results last longer and provide better results than massage. Yet they incur the same relaxed sensations as a massage, while being both more effective and deeper. The most common sensation from acupuncture is feeling sedated. Dr. Kim Kesner has her diplomate in acupuncture through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and has a state license. For more information, please go to www.nccaom.org.

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