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Dr. Alex Tatevian has maintained a monthly acupuncture column in the health section of the Federal Hill Gazette since 1999.      
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Acupuncture Modalities Part 2

   Last month we discussed acupuncture modalities. The list can be very long, and not to be annoying, I will focus only on the most common and effective.
   
    ELECTRO-ACUPUNCTURE is the use of small electrical currents through the acupuncture needles. Electro-stimulation is often used in conjunction with acupuncture to enhance a treatment. Electro-acupuncture has been proven to decrease pain, accelerate tissue healing, and significantly reduce inflammation, edema and swelling.
   
    CUPPING is a technique where a glass cup or rarely used bamboo jar is suctioned onto the body and allowed to sit for about ten minutes. This technique stimulates circulation, relieves swelling and muscle spasm, and greatly enhances an acupuncture or Electro-acupuncture treatment. Cupping is used for many conditions including; back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, common colds and influenza.
   
    TUI NA is the traditional system of Chinese style physical therapy or massage. It is used in conjunction with acupuncture to enhance treatments in a variety of musculo-skeletal conditions.
   
    LASER ACUPUNCTURE is the latest contribution to acupuncture, perfect example of the blend of state-of-the-art technology with ancient tradition. This technique uses low energy laser beam (so-called Cold Laser) to substitute acupuncture needle. The laser for acupuncture is sophisticated and quite expensive device that produces light of intensity that is even less than of regular laser pointer.
   Advantage is that this method is non-invasive, quick, absolutely painless, provides fast clinical results, and very safe.
   
    Alex Tatevian, DA
   
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   Alex Tatevian, DA
   Acu Well Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine
   141 Airport Road, Warwick, RI 02889
   Phone (401) 738-9355
 

 
 
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