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Can acupuncture be done without needles?

For some that are curious about acupuncture, the use of needles may make them hesitant to try the technique. While acupuncture needles are very small, and do not cause painful sensations when they are used, some people cannot get past the thought of needles.

There are other options for acupuncture-type treatments, even for those with a phobia of needles.

  • Cupping – The use of partial vacuum by placing cups over the body has been used in traditional Chinese medicine and also in Aryuvedic medicine, the ancient healing art of India.
  • Moxibustion – Moxibustion is the treatment of diseases and other conditions by stimulating the acupuncture points using heat. Sometimes medicinal herb cones are burnt – mugwort is a popular herb choice. The deep heat created by the herbs stimulate the acupuncture points.
  • Acupressure – Another way to stimulate the meridians of the body without the use of acupuncture needles is through acupressure. Similar to the Japanese bodywork tradition of Shiatsu, acupressure works when the massage therapist uses direct pressure on the meridian points. Bodyworkers often use their fingers, elbows or fists to apply pressure to the meridian points.

Even those who are afraid of needles can enjoy the healing benefits of acupuncture. With so many conditions and complaints eased through the use of acupuncture, more and more clients are seeking qualified acupuncturists.