Adjunctive therapies are like the other tools in the acupuncturist's “toolbox” of medicine. Depending on your condition, your acupuncturist may use any of the following physical methods during your treatment, in addition to needles, for certain healing effects:
Moxibustion (also, "moxa")
A technique using dried shredded therapeutic herbs, most commonly mugwort (artemisia argyii), which are burned and used to warm the body, for cold and deficient conditions.
A technique involving applying cups to the body with the use of suction, used to draw out and move stagnation.
Chinese medical massage, with certain pressing and rubbing techniques used to affect the channels. Literal translation from Chinese: "push/pull".
A technique involving scraping an area of the skin with a dull tool, to release muscles, to dredge and help with detox, for "heat" and "wind" and other conditions.
Essential oil therapy (also known as Aroma-acupoint therapy)
Pure essential oils are placed directly on acupuncture points on the skin and held for varying lengths of time. They have an affinity for the emotional body, or the limbic system of the brain.