Acupuncture is known as an alternative treatment that has helped people worldwide recover from a myriad of illnesses. While acupuncture is performed by inserting fine needles into key pressure points, there are ways in which your Miami acupuncturist can add to and enhance your treatment. By incorporating other methods meant to more deeply stimulate your meridians, you can benefit from the holistic approach that has been a hallmark of acupuncture for centuries.

Techniques and Approaches to Acupuncture

In order to access the obstructions in your chi that are causing distress, pain, or discomfort, it is important for your acupuncturist to understand that there is no “one size fits all” way of performing acupuncture. Some patients will require more intense treatment for longer periods of time, while others will need fewer sessions before their pain is alleviated. There are several techniques and methods of acupuncture that can be used to provide optimal and individualized care.

Auricular Acupuncture

Auricular acupuncture involves the use of specially designed acupuncture needles that are placed in the outer ear. The ear is seen as a “microsystem” of the entire body, and is mapped out in such a way as to accurately represent the body on physical and metaphysical levels. Much like a homunculus, a term used to describe sensory and neural pathways along the brain as mapped throughout the body, the ear is viewed as a representation of nearly every part of the body. In patients with chronic anxiety for example, auriculotherapy has shown anxiolytic effects similar to those provided by prescription medications. Unlike these medications however, auricular acupuncture does not tax the liver or put patients at increased risk of addiction or dependency.


In this method of acupuncture, mugwort, an herb known for its stimulant properties, is burned and used in conjunction with acupuncture needles. Mugwort stimulates blood flow to the uterus and pelvic area and encourages a healthy flow of chi within the biliary and digestive systems. There are a number of ways in which mugwort is used in acupuncture, with patient need driving which modality is used.

Direct and Indirect

In direct moxibustion with acupuncture needles, burning mugwort is placed on the skin, directly over acupuncture points. In contrast, indirect moxibustion involves the use of acupuncture needles placed in designated points, while wrapped in mugwort, and set on fire. The latter method allows heat to flow into the patient’s arm without the risk of skin damage.

Scarring and Non Scarring

As part of direct moxibustion, burning mugwort can either be placed directly on the skin or left in place until it burns out. This technique is likely to cause scarring as well as blisters. In non scarring direct moxibustion however, burning mugwort is placed directly on the skin, but then removed and extinguished before scarring or burning can occur.


By attaching an electric stimulator to acupuncture needles that have been placed in the skin, electroacupuncture adds electrical stimulation to treatment. This process causes waves of energy to travel deeper into the meridians, skin, and beyond. This method can only used be for limited periods of time, usually about 30 minutes, so as not to overstimulate your system.


Used in conjunction with needles, magnets can be placed next to or near the meridians being treated. Because our bodies hold a certain amount of magnetic energy, it is said that placement of these magnets can help restore balance to your chi by realigning your magnetic fields. By opening obstructed paths of chi with acupuncture needles and balancing your magnetic fields, one is sure to experience a restoration of their health.

How to Determine Which Method is The Right One For You

By exploring any number of acupuncture methods with Sound Acupuncture of Miami, you can determine which techniques appeal to you. And based on conversations with your Miami acupuncturist, you can be part of the process that helps you achieve balance, alignment, and renewal.

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