While needle treatment is traditional, other effective means of bringing about the desired physiological response include acupressure (finger pressure), blunt probes, pressure massage, electronic stimulation, laser, heat, cold, ultrasound, moxibustion, herbal therapy, to name a few.
In selecting a treatment method, the acupuncturist considers the following:
- Patient’s age and physical condition.
- Location of acupoints to be treated.
- Desired effect.
- Preference of the acupuncturist.