Acupuncture is a drug free treatment option that enhances the ability of the body to recover homeostasis, or balance. Acupuncturists insert thin needles into points on the body, which initiate responses from the Central nervous system.
Acupuncture is part of an integrated medical system known as Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM, which originated in China. These origins can be traced back nearly 5000 years. As well as being one of the oldest healthcare systems in the world today, Acupuncture is also recognised by the World Health Organisation as having been proven effective in clinical trials to treat and prevent a number of medical conditions.
Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine aim to prevent illness, improve overall health and address presenting health concerns. Australia requires practitioners to meet high standards of education before becoming a qualified practitioner in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Extensive study in Traditional Chinese Medicine practices and Western biomedical sciences are essential to gain accreditation and to provide responsible individualized care.
How can Acupuncture Help the body heal and maintain normal function?
Modulating effects on pain and metabolism are achieved through acupuncture's ability to increase blood circulation and stimulate the release of neurotransmitters such as endorphins and other natural opioids . Acupuncture has also been found to have positive effects on brain chemistry through the regulation of the hypothalamus and pituitary glands which are responsible for the smooth running of hormonal activity in the body. The combination of all these factors can result in a broad spectrum of effects on various body systems relating to digestive function, temperature control ,breathing hormone release, sexual and cardiac function.
The benefits of acupuncture are widespread, many patients experience enhanced relaxation and increased energy. Acupuncture is an alternative treatment option that encourages immune function and thereby the bodys natural ability to heal. Acupuncture treats the underlying causes of illness and occompanying symptoms and has a holistic approach to healthcare by integrating and balancing the mind, body and emotions.
What to expect in an Acupuncture treatment
In your initial treatment your acupuncturist will thoroughly review your medical history and your current complaint. After gathering all the appropriate information they will then access your individual needs and concerns to formulate a treatment plan. Once your practitioner understands what you wish to achieve out of your treatments they may prescribe other Traditional Chinese Medicine practices to increase effectiveness. These TCM techniques include:
- Remedial Cupping
- Chinese dietary therapy
- Chinese herbs
- Tui Na Massage
Treatment frequency is determined on an individual basis depending on the nature and duration of the condition or illness.
Acupuncture involves placing very fine needles into certain points on the body to correct imbalances in the body’s flow of Qi (energy). Normal sensations felt during acupuncture treatment may include heaviness or tingling at the point of insertion, a sign of Qi activation.