Discover 5 Techniques of Acupuncture



Traditional acupuncture works to maintain the body’s equilibrium by focusing on all aspects of wellbeing: physical, mental, emotional.

Good health is not just the absence of pain or disease. According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the body’s motivating energy moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of channels beneath the skin. This energy is known as Qi.

Acupuncture Darren Stoyle acupuncturist in Paignton, UKThe flow of Qi can be disturbed by any number of factors including emotional states such as anxiety, anger, or grief, as well as poor nutrition, hereditary factors, infections, and trauma. When the Qi is unbalanced, illness may result.

In a treatment fine needles are inserted at chosen points along the channels of energy to stimulate the body’s own healing response and restore its natural balance. This treatment is aimed at the root of your condition as well as your symptoms leading to a more permanent resolution of your problems.

Acupuncture needles are sterile, single use, solid and very fine and are usually painless when inserted into the body.



Moxibustion is the burning of the herb mugwort over acupuncture points or areas of the body to nourish and stimulate the flow of Qi and Blood, warm and remove cold and maintain general health.

Moxibustion technique Darren Stoyle acupuncturist in Paignton, UK

The burning of moxa is believed to expel cold and warm the meridians, which leads to smoother flow of blood and qi. Moxibustion is a relaxing and comforting treatment and can be used in different forms which include, Moxa sticks which are like a cigar to warm larger areas, Moxa cones used on acupuncture points, Moxa on needles for the heat to penetrate deeper and a Moxa box for warming the abdomen or lower back.




Cupping is an age old technique used by many cultures around the world and comprises of a glass cup which is placed on the body by creating a vacuum inside the cup to create a suction effect.

Cupping technique - Darren Stoyle acupuncturist in Paignton, UK

Cupping is used on certain areas of the body to move Qi and Blood which can be the cause of painful conditions and cupping can be very useful in treating muscle spasm. Cupping can also be used to draw out pathogenic factors that have invaded the body like cold and flu viruses.


Gua Sha

Gua Sha is a scraping technique using a smooth edged tool over oil usually performed on the back, neck and shoulders.

Gua means to scrape, or rub and Sha is the reddish skin reaction resulting from the scraping. Gua Sha moves Qi and Blood stagnation which is causing pain and is good to use over tender, knotty muscles as well as helping the immune system and preventing colds and flu. Gua Sha is a relaxing treatment which causes redness on the skin which usually fades over 3 to 4 days.


Tui Na

Tui Na is a form of therapeutic massage that has been used in China for centuries.

Tuina works by applying pressure and massage to acupuncture points, meridians, and groups of muscles to remove blockages that prevent the free flow of Qi and helps restore the balance of Qi in the body, leading to improved health and vitality. TuiNa is usually oil free and is applied over clothing and can be included in an acupuncture treatment or used alone.

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