Acupuncture is a traditional oriental healthcare system which has been effectively use with for many thousands of years in China and now around the world. Today, acupuncture is an effective alternative and complimentary to pharmaceutical products and surgical intrusive procedures. The practice of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine has expanded throughout the years and is widely used in private practice, hospitals and aged care facilities in Sydney, Australian.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of Chinese traditional treatment in medicine that involves the use of thin needles, inserted in the body at very specific points (Acupuncture points). The aim of the process is to alter and adjust the body’s energy flow into healthier pattern of balance. It is a unique and superior mode of treatment for many health conditions. Acupuncture can be a very effective method of prevention, assisting the body before a health problem becomes present. Acupuncture can promotes natural healing, enhances recuperative power and immunity, and improve physical and emotional health with healthy overall functioning and well-being of the body. It is a well know safe, efficient and painless approach to treatment of variety of medical problems. Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this noninvasive treatment approach to help millions of people to stay well and live healthier lives .
All needles used at the Natural Health Practice are single use and are disposed according to Australian standards. The practitioner may also stimulate the acupuncture points using other methods, including moxibustion, cupping and Gua Sha, laser acupuncture therapy, electro-stimulation acupuncture and massage, in order to re-establish the flow of qi.
- provides drug-free pain relief
- effectively treats a wide range of acute and chronic ailments
- treats the underlying cause of disease and illness as well as the symptoms
- provides an wholistic approach to the treatment of disease and illness, linking body, mind and emotions
- assists in the prevention against disease and illness as well as the maintenance of general well-being
What is Qi?
“Qi (pronounced as “chee”) is an abundant form of energy that flows as a current with the meridians and transfers information from one acupoint to where the pain is experienced. It is irrational and oscillates through the meridians with its protective effects from illnesses, pains and diseases. A person’s health is dependent on the quality, quantity and balance of Qi.
How does Qi Move?
Qi permeates every part of the body through the meridians of acupuncture. The meridians channel system links all aspect of the body into one network of energetic communication. The diagram to the left shows the meridian pathways and each of which connects to specific organs and glands in the body. When meridian pathways flow, they bring back life to Qi, which transcends to every cell, organ, gland, tissue and muscle in the body.
What does an Acupuncturist Do?
An acupuncturist will first get a thorough idea of a patient’s medical history and symptoms, be it physical or emotional problem. This is carried out through long questionnaire and interview. Then the acupuncturist will head to examining the patient to find further symptoms, taking a closer look at the tongue, the pulse at various points, the complexion, general behavior, and other signs like coughs or pains. With the result, the practitioner can create a well-treatment plan for the organs and areas that are imbalanced. The acupuncturist will insert needles to manipulate chi on one or more of the twelve organ meridians. This painless and safe insertion of sterile needles can go a long way to unblock the obstruction and balance Qi where it has become unbalanced. Once this is done, Qi can freely circulate throughout the body, enhancing adequate nourishment to the cells, organs, glands, tissues and muscles. This action can restore balance and harmony to the body, eliminate pain, and equally enhance the body’s ability to heal itself and leading to optimal health and well-being.
Acupuncture is known to see clients with a variety of issues. Below is a list of medically named conditions, but please note that we use Chinese medicine diagnose and treatment:
The following is a summary of the findings of the Acupuncture Evidence Project
(McDonald J and Janz S, 2017). The full document (81 pages) is available from the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese
Medicine Association Ltd (AACMA) http://www.acupuncture.org.au
Conditions with strong evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture
Reviews with consistent statistically significant positive effects and where authors have recommended
the intervention. The quality of evidence is rated as moderate or high quality.
– Allergic rhinitis (perennial & seasonal) – Knee osteoarthritis
– Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (withanti-emetics) – Migraine prophylaxis
– Chronic low back pain – Postoperative nausea & vomiting
– Headache (tension-type and chronic) – Postoperative pain
Conditions with moderate evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture
Reviews reporting all individual RCTs or pooled effects across RCTs as positive, but the reviewers deeming the evidence insufficient to draw firm conclusions. The quality of evidence is rated as moderate or high quality.
– Acute low back pain – Modulating sensory perception thresholds
– Acute stroke – Neck pain
– Ambulatory anaesthesia – Obesity
– Anxiety – Perimenopausal & postmenopausal insomnia
– Aromatase-inhibitor-induced arthralgia – Plantar heel pain
– Asthma in adults – Post-stroke insomnia
– Back or pelvic pain during pregnancy – Post-stroke shoulder pain
– Cancer pain – Post-stroke spasticity
– Cancer-related fatigue – Post-traumatic stress disorder
– Constipation – Prostatitis pain/chronic pelvic pain syndrome
– Craniotomy anaesthesia – Recovery after colorectal cancer resection
– Depression (with antidepressants) – Restless leg syndrome
– Dry eye – Schizophrenia (with antipsychotics)
– Hypertension (with medication) – Sciatica
– Insomnia – Shoulder impingement syndrome (early stage) (withexercise)
– Irritable bowel syndrome – Shoulder pain
– Labour pain – Smoking cessation (up to 3 months)
– Lateral elbow pain – Stroke rehabilitation
– Menopausal hot flushes – Temporomandibular pain
- Neurological conditions (headaches, migraines, facial and trigeminal neuralgia, some forms of paralysis, peripheral neuropathy, tinnitus, dizziness, and Meniere’s disease)
- Respiratory conditions (bronchial asthma, acute and chronic bronchitis, acute tonsillitis, rhinitis, sinusitis, hay fever, chronic cough, laryngitis, sore throat, influenza and the common cold)
- Digestive system disorders (spasms of the oesophagus, gastric and duodenal ulcers, gastric hyper-acidity, gastritis, heartburn, hiatus hernia syndrome, flatulence, paralytic ileus, colitis, diarrhoea, constipation, haemorrhoids, liver and gall bladder disorders, weight control, toothache, post-extraction pain, gingivitis, mouth ulcers and hiccups)
- Urogenital disorders (cystitis, prostatitis, low sexual vitality, urinary retention, kidney disorders, nocturnal enuresis and neurogenic bladder dysfunction)
- Gynaecological and obstetric disorders (premenstrual tension, painful, heavy or irregular, or the absence of periods, abnormal uterine bleeding or discharge, hormonal disturbances, disorders associated with menopause, prolapse of the uterus or bladder, difficulty with conception and morning sickness)
- Skin conditions (eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, nerve rash, herpes zoster, acne, scar tissue and resultant adhesions, hair loss (alopecia areata) and dandruff)
- Eye conditions (visual disorders, red, sore, itchy or watery eyes, conjunctivitis, simple cataracts, myopia in children and central retinitis)
- Musculoskeletal disorders (osteoarthritis, sciatica, lumbago, weak back, low back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, tenosynovitis, shoulder and neck pain, “frozen shoulder” and “tennis elbow”)
- Sporting injuries (sprained ankles and knees, cartilage problems, corking and tearing of muscles, torn ligaments and bruises)
- Psychological conditions (depression, anxiety, nervousness, phobias, emotional disturbances and addictions such as smoking)