Umai Health Vienna acupuncture center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Dr. Laritta Paolini acupuncturist vienna va


Needles – Acupuncture needles are typically made of stainless steel wire and provided in sterilized enclosed packages. They are disposable and only used once.  The needles vary in length starting as small as ½ inch in length.  The needles are extremely thin, typically less than 1/100th of an inch thick.  The needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points on the body, and are sometimes spun to provide additional therapeutic stimulation.

Heat Therapy (Moxobustion) –  Moxibustion is a technique that involves the burning of a small portion of a spongy herb called mugwort (Arternisia Vulgaris) on the acupuncture points, instead of the use of needles, or in conjunction with the use of needles.  The technique is to place a small, cone-shaped amount of moxa on top of an acupuncture point and then ignite the slow burning moxa (similar to incense). It is removed and extinguished before it burns the skin or causes any discomfort. The patient will experience a pleasant heating sensation that penetrates deep into the skin, but will not experience any pain, blistering or scarring.

Electro-Therapy – Acupuncture needles can provide an additional level of stimulation of the acupuncture point through the use of electro-therapy.  With electro-therapy the acupuncture needles are connected to a device which sends a very light electric current through the needle.  This additional level of stimulation has been shown in many clinical trials to increase the effectiveness of the treatment.

Ear Pellets – Ear pellets or tacs are small seeds that are placed in an adhesive patch that is then put on an acupuncture point.  This patch stays in place for one to several days and the patient then presses on the patch periodically to stimulate the acupuncture point.  This method is typically used in Auriculotherapy Protocols which is used widely for treatment of overweight, addiction, and pain relief.

Cupping – Cupping, or Fire Cupping, is a technique where a small, specially designed glass cup has a heat source inserted into it to remove the air, then the opening in the cup is placed on the skin over an acupuncture point.  As the inside of the cup cools, a vacuum is form providing a suction effect on the skin.  The suction then stimulates the acupuncture point for the desired therapeutic effect.



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