- Provides drug-free pain relief
- Assists prevention against disease
- Treats the cause of the disease as well as the symptoms
- Provides a holistic approach to illness, linking body, mind and emotions
- Is effectively used to treat many common acute and chronic ailments
The origins of acupuncture can be traced back as far as 5 000 years to China, making it one of the oldest and most long-standing health care systems in the world. Today, acupuncture is an effective, safe, natural and increasingly popular form of health care that is used by people from a wide range of cultural and social backgrounds.
Chinese Medicine is a holistic health system that views the mind, body and spirit to be intimately connected. It is based on a coherent and substantial body of knowledge developed over thousands of years of clinical practice and intellectual endeavor. Modern clinical research adds to this traditional knowledge. Qualified practitioners draw on these traditional and modern sources to arrive at individually tailored acupuncture treatments.
This system was developed from the philosophy that restoring balance will both treat ailments and prevent further illnesses from developing. Treatments target not just the presenting signs and symptoms, however, the underlying conditions, other health problems and the general state of health and well- being of the patient are also considered. What is unique about Chinese medicine is that although most diseases or illnesses present with a core set of recognizable signs and symptoms, the actual presentation of that illness will vary from person to person and therefore, people with similar health conditions may be provided with quite different acupuncture treatments.
Each person has an energy circulation. To maintain good health, it is essential that the body’s energy as well as the blood, circulate in a continuous and unobstructed manner. The pathways through which the energy flows are called meridians and these circulate through the organs and tissues of the body. The energy which flows along the meridians is called Qi (pronounced chi). These meridians were mapped out by the ancient Chinese. Modern technology methods such as Kirlian photography, electronic and thermal readings are now being used to detect these meridians. There are hundreds of acupuncture points in the body and these lie along the meridians. By stimulating these points with needles, the quality and quantity of energy can be balanced.
Qualified practitioners are educated in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, diagnosis and assessment as well as the Western bio-medical sciences. They are professional trained in the use of acupuncture to treat a wide range of chronic and acute health problems. Many acupuncturists also use herbs, massage, counseling, and dietary and lifestyle advice.
Most people after experiencing their first one reply ‘oh is that it?’ An acupuncture treatment consists of inserting these fine, sterile needles into specific sites (acu-points) along the body’s meridians. Stimulating these acu-points clears energy blockages and encourages the normal flow of qi through the body. When the needles enter, you usually do not feel much until it hits the meridian where the energy flows. This in turn creates various sensations in the body such as tingling, buzzing, throbbing, pulsating, electricity or radiating feelings etc, and then you know and can feel that the qi or energy has been stimulated. The practitioner may also stimulate the acupuncture points using other methods, including moxibustion or heat therapy, cupping, laser therapy, electro-stimulation and massage in order to re-establish the flow and balance of qi within the body.
If you would like to request an appointment for your Acupuncture requirements, or make a further enquiry about how Chinese medicine can help your condition. Please call us on 02 6685 1088.