The acupuncture therapists at Salish Cancer Center have developed keen diagnostic skills to effectively evaluate the quality, quantity and balance of Qi flowing within the body. Diagnosis may involve five main techniques:
Acupuncture – Tiny, disposable, sterile needles placed gently into specific acupuncture points.
Herbs – Chinese herbal medicine draws from thousands of herbs for specific conditions.
Moxibustion – Dried mugwort leaves are rolled into a stick or placed on the end of needles, then burned as a warming therapy during treatment.
Oriental nutrition – Specific foods used to strengthen, rebuild and balance the body.
Qi Gong – Specific movements and breathing exercises used to improve health and vitality.
Electro-acupuncture – Acupuncture points are stimulated using a safe, gentle electrical current.
Acupressure/Tuina – A massage technique that stimulates the meridians, facilitating the flow of Qi.
Gua Sha – A gentle scraping of the skin surface using a Gua Sha tool to increase circulation.
Cupping – Using glass or bamboo cups to create a vacuum to increase warmth and circulation.