At times, alternative treatments such as acupressure, auriculotherapy, cupping or moxa can be used instead of acupuncture.
In acupressure, physical pressure is applied to trigger points or certain acupuncture points by hand, elbow, or with various devices to promote healing.
Cupping therapy is an ancient Chinese form of alternative medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin. Practitioners believe this mobilizes blood flow in order to promote healing.
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine therapy using moxa made from dried mugwort.
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