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Types of Acupuncture

Chinese Acupuncture

This style of acupuncture, together with Chinese herbs, comprises Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Practitioners of TCM analyze symptoms and develop treatments based on eight principles: cold/heat, interior/exterior, excesses/deficiencies, and yin/yang (the concept of two opposing, yet complimentary forces). TCM also incorporates the theory of Five Elements – fire, earth, metal, water and wood – to explain necessary balance in the body. Each of these elements corresponds to particular organs & tissues, colors, emotions, time-of-day, flavors and seasons, and highlights the dynamic relationships between them.

A diagnosis is made and a course of treatment is developed based on findings acquired through extensive questioning & observation, pulse evaluation, and examination of the tongue. Herbs, nutrition, electro-acupuncture, moxibustion, gua sha and cupping may be incorporated into a Chinese acupuncture treatment, as needed, based on the acupuncture diagnosis.

Chinese acupuncture is the most widely known style in the west and taught in most Acupuncture schools in the U.S. Other styles, such as Japanese acupuncture, require additional training.

Japanese Acupuncture

This acupuncture style seeks to use the least amount of stimulation possible to affect the greatest amount of change. Practitioners use thinner and fewer needles, fewer acupuncture points, and shallower needle insertion. Abdominal palpation and other diagnostic tools are used to determine the underlying imbalance and course of treatment.

Korean Hand Acupuncture

Korean acupuncture contains some techniques and philosophies from TCM and Japanese acupuncture. In this particular style, the hands are seen as a microcosm of the entire body. Fine needles are inserted into specific points on the hand.

Auricular Acupuncture

In this style, the ears are seen as a microcosm of the body, and treatment is administered via fine needles, ear seeds, and ear tacks on various points on the ears. Ear seeds and tacks may be left in the ears after treatment to apply continuous stimulation. Auricular acupuncture is widely used in substance abuse programs across North America. It is often used in conjunction with other styles of acupuncture.

Scalp Acupuncture

Here the scalp is seen as a microcosm of the entire body. This style is especially helpful for the treatment of motor-impairment and spinal conditions.

Non-Insertion Acupuncture

If you don't love needles but would like to get all the benefits of acupuncture try Acupuncture Core Therapy (Shaku Jyu Chikyo). This non-insertive technique uses blunt needles made of silver and/or platinum (teishin) to stimulate acu-points just by touching them. It is a gentle yet powerful practice that produces amazing results by removing blockages and promoting energy circulation at the body's deepest levels. Moxibustion and/or cupping can be used in conjunction with this therapy.


Cupping is a technique used to influence the flow of Qi and blood throughout the body and/or meridians. The suction on the surface of the skin from the cup stimulates blood flow in the area, relieves congestion and inflammation in muscles, and opens up pathways to eliminate toxins. Cupping is primarily used when Qi is inhibited at certain points, or when Qi stagnation needs to be drawn to the surface of the body. Cupping is indicated in treating a myriad of conditions from the common cold and flu, to upper respiratory issues, digestive problems, muscular pain/spasms, arthritic pain, and headache. Contraindications – fever, skin diseases or tendency to bleed

Sollievo offers cupping as an adjunct to your acupuncture treatment at a nominal cost; or, separately as a 45 minute treatment.


Moxibustion (moxa) – is a form of heat therapy that has been used for centuries. The practice involves burning mugwart, a spongy herb to warm specific acupuncture points. The heat combined with the herb stimulates circulation, warms meridians, and promotes the smooth flow of "qi."

Moxabustion therapy can be used alone or in conjunction with acupuncture and can be effective in treating digestive disorders, insomnia, anxiety, pain management, respiratory conditions, and skin conditions, as well as, immune system support, prevention of disease, and women’s health including menstrual cramps, irregular periods, infertility, and breech babies.

If you are interested in Acupuncture and have not provided information on your health history, please fill out our health history form.

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