Chinese acupuncture seeks to clear any Qi blockages and speed-up and encourage the normal flow of Qi through the body's meridians to restore balance and trigger the body's natural healing response. This may be done using either very thin acupuncture needles or a laser light, dependent upon the ailment.
The acupuncture points are the entrance and exit points to the body's meridians. The network of meridians connects the surface of the body to the smallest cells in the centre of the body and so it is possible for chinese acupuncture to target ailments throughout the body.
Moxibustion essentially means the application of energy to specific acupuncture points. The treatment involves lighting a moxa cigar, which consists of moxa wrapped in rice paper and pressed to form a cigar, and holding it against an acupuncture needle for a short period of time. The warmth is then transmitted via the acupuncture needle directly into the meridian thereby releasing cold (e.g. in the case of back pain or Ischias) and warming the meridians.
Laser acupuncture uses low energy laser beams of a particular wavelength instead of fine acupuncture needles. The laser beam is used to activate the acupuncture points and is generally used to treat children, weak and elderly people.
Electroacupuncture is a particular form of acupuncture, whereby an electric current is applied to the acupuncture needles once they have been inserted, in order to stimulate the respective acupuncture points further. This stimulates the nerves and so this treatment is used to treat flaccid paralysis and spasticity, as well as patients with chronic pain.