Acupuncture has been used for more than 2500 years and along with Chinese Herbal Medicine, is one of the main pillars of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Acupuncture can be used to treat people of all ages with a wide range of illnesses and is a safe and effective system of healing.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles (single-use, disposable) into specific points of the body. These are retained for about 20 minutes (time depends on the individual complaint) while the patient lies calmly on a treatment table. Sometimes gentle heat (called moxibustion) is applied to a point.
The idea is to regulate and balance the body’s qi (energy) via a network of pathways called meridians. The meridians of the body are all interconnected and in acupuncture point selection this is an important factor in determining which points are used. The acupuncture needles act like signals, achieving their effect on either the surrounding area or on another part of the body. These effects have been observed, recorded and tested for a period of over twenty centuries.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2008 released a standard for acupuncture point locations for all acupuncturists to refer to. In Australia, the student of acupuncture spends years learning not only the Chinese point location but studying the anatomy of the human body to ensure safe practice.
Acupuncture may benefit a wide range of disorders such as:
- Menstrual, Gyneacological and Obstetric disorders including painful periods, disorders in regularity of menstruation (late, early, irregular, absent), premenstrual syndrome (PMT), morning sickness, malposition of the foetus, delayed labour, insufficient breast milk
- Fertility including a range of problems affecting both men and women
- Pain management including sports injuries, back pain, sciatica, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, trauma, muscle pain and tension, arthritis, recovery from surgery
- Neurological disorders including headache and migraine, facial paralysis (Bell’s palsy), stroke recovery, tinnitus
- Stress, Anxiety and Depression including panic attacks, insomnia
- Digestive Problems including abdominal bloating, indigestion, haemorrhoids, obesity, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Urinary Tract Disorders including urethritis and recurrent cystitis
- Circulatory Disorders including recurrent cramping, cold hands and feet, Reynaud disease
- Immune System Problems such as allergies, chronic fatigue syndrome, auto immune disorders