Acupuncture is a natural healing modality and a large component of Chinese medicine. It is thousands of years old and over this length of time, a wealth of knowledge and experience has been gained. It has made its journey from China into other parts of the world where it has stood the test of time being one of the oldest and longest standing medicines in the world, and it continues to grow in popularity amongst the western population.
Acupuncture has developed from both ancient concepts and observations of the human body. Although much was discovered from investigating the physical body itself, information about health and the human body also developed from observing how nature and its natural laws functioned. These laws, or common patterns, witnessed in the natural world were seen to be reflected in the human body, also a part of nature. This understanding which recognises the essential link between humans and nature has given insights into health and wellbeing which have been retained throughout Chinese medicines development over thousands of years. Chinese medicine and acupuncture successfully treat many health problems in the modern world today.
How does it work?
Acupuncture is a holistic medicine which takes the whole person in to account when considering illness, rather than just zoning in on the symptoms themselves in isolation. After all, we are not just our signs and symptoms. Our bodies are a dynamic interplay of many factors, some of which can play a part in illness, or even the after effects of injury in an individual. Acupuncture aims to treat a person more fundamentally to bring imbalances within the body, back into balance when need be. It does this by promoting the body’s own healing mechanisms.
Acupuncture is performed by inserting sterile, single-use needles at specific ‘acupuncture points’ on the body. These needles are very fine and many people are surprised at just how painless acupuncture can be. From a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective, the body circulates ‘qi’ (pronounced ‘chee’). The meaning of qi encompasses the ‘energy’ or ‘life force’ necessary to life in all its forms. Think e=mc², which tells us energy and mass are essentially the very same thing. Without energy, physical matter would not exist. Qi (energy) is a vital part of the (physical) body and it circulates throughout it. It is believed to create and maintain the body’s vital activities and healthy circulation, necessary to our wellbeing. For various reasons, the circulation of qi can become unbalanced and lead to pain and illness. The many acupuncture points on the body are seen to possess different functions that we use them for, however they all work with the circulating qi to help restore balance, whether it is physically, mentally or emotionally.
Additionally, the majority of acupuncture points are connected to, or are very near, neurovascular structures (bundles of fine blood vessels and nerves). Fast forward to more current times, modern day research shows that acupuncture does have an effect on the nervous system. One of these effects is the release of endorphin’s which are the body’s natural pain killers. Amongst other studies, brain imaging has shown that the needling of specific acupuncture points brings about unique brain patterns belonging to different points, verifying that the acupuncture points do indeed have different functions, just as the Chinese have recognised for many centuries.
How can it help you?
Acupuncture can provide you with:
- drug-free pain relief
- treatment of a wide range of acute and chronic ailments
- treatment of the underlying cause of illness and disease, as well as the symptoms
- holistic medicine which is the art and science of healing that addresses the whole person; body, mind and sprit
- prevention against disease and illness as well as the maintenance of general wellbeing
Acupuncture is known to treat a wide range of conditions including, but not limited to:
- respiratory conditions
- headache and migraine
- digestive disorders and complaints
- back pain, sciatica and other musculoskeletal disorders
- sporting or other injuries
- stress, anxiety or depression
- strengthening the immune system
- gynaecological issues
- pregnancy care
- cardiovascular disorders
- skin conditions
- assisting with the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation in cancer patients
Initial Consultation – 1.5 hours
At a client’s first visit to the clinic for acupuncture treatment, an initial in-depth consultation is done with the questioning and investigation of the presenting condition/s and other health issues that may be present. This gives a practitioner insight into a patient’s body and state of health which assists in determining how treatment is managed.
Follow Up Consultation – 1 hour
Follow up consultations include brief consultation followed by acupuncture treatment.
*Private Health Insurance
Acupuncture is covered for rebates by most private health insurance companies.