Acupuncture – what does it do? how can it help you?

This Japanese method of inserting vey thin acupuncture pins via a guide tube helps ensure a gentle and predominantly painless experience.

This method of inserting very thin acupuncture pins via a guide tube helps ensure a gentle and predominantly painless experience.

Of all the traditional treatment systems available in Australia,  Acupuncture is by far the most respected and has achieved wide-spread acceptance as an effective form of health care, including formal recognition by the World Health Organization. Some conditions suitable for treatment with acupuncture include:

  • Painful conditions (such as headache, migraine, arthritis. renal colic, biliary colic, post-operative pain, dental analgesia)
  • Musculoskeletal conditions (such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, sports injuries, back & neck pain, sciatica, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia. rheumatism)
  • Neurological conditions (such as sciatica, trigeminal neuralgia, peripheral neuropathy, stroke sequelae, Bell’s palsy)
  • Gynaecological problems (such as painful menstruation, irregular periods, premenstrual syndrome, menopausal syndrome)
  • Pregnancy and labour (such as infertility, morning sickness, labour pain, induction of labour, long labour)
  • Gastrointestinal disorders (such as nausea, vomiting, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhoea, gastric/duodenal ulcer, chronic ulcerative colitis, loss of appetite)
  • Ear, nose & throat disorders (such as sinusitis, rhinitis, tonsillitis, sore throat, mouth ulcers, tinnitus, Meniere’s disease)
  • Urogenital disorders (such as prostatitis, impotence, retained urine, urinary tract infection)
  • Cardiovascular disorders (such as primary hypotension, high blood pressure, angina pectoris
  • Addictions (such as smoking and drug withdrawals)
  • Other Common cold and influenza, cough, allergies and immunity, gout, anxiety, depression, stress, insomnia, chronic fatigue syndrome and skin disorders …. to name a few.
  • Chinese medicine treats disorders via imbalances, so even if your symptoms do not amount to any particular syndrome, or you may wish to help prevent problems from developing then acupuncture could well be able to help.

Since 1979 the World Health Organization has researched and recognized that many conditions are successfully treated with acupuncture: For a more comprehensive list click: more conditions

As a natural form of health care

  • acupuncture provides drug-free treatment:
  • has very few side-effects when provided by a qualified practitioner:
  • 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.

Safe, effective health care

Acupuncture is based on a coherent and substantial body of knowledge developed over thousands of years of clinical practice and intellectual endeavour. 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 of health care, in which acupuncture treatments are tailored to your individual health condition, developed from the philosophy that restoring balance and normal functioning will both treat ailments and prevent other illnesses from developing.

Wholistic health care

Time-honoured medicine

Acupuncture is part of an integrated system of primary health care. known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), that has an uninterrupted history of development dating back thousands of years in China and other parts of East Asia. The origins of acupuncture in China can be traced hack at least five thousand years, making it one of the oldest and most long-standing health care systems in the world, Today. acupuncture is an effective. natural and increasingly popular form of health care that is being used by people from a wide range of cultural and social backgrounds.

A modern profession

In Australia, AACMA acupuncture practitioners are qualified primary-contact health care professionals. Most practitioners operate in private practice, however there are increasing numbers working from community health centres and hospitals or in academic/clinical research.

Qualified practitioners are educated in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TOM) theory, diagnosis and assessment as well as the Western bio-medical sciences. They are professionally trained in the use of acupuncture to safely and effectively treat a wide range of chronic and acute health conditions.

In addition to practitioners whose primary focus is acupuncture, many qualified AACMA acupuncturists also use herbs and massage and may provide supplements and dietary/lifestyle advice as an adjunct to their acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture is a safe and effective natural healing therapy that works by gently stimulating points on the body with needle techniques and/or heat (moxibustion) which affect the physiological functioning of the body, The aim is to promote metabolic functions and restore homeostasis or balance. This translates to an increased feeling of vitality and mental clarity, and an increase in our resistance to stress, illness and injury.

How else can acupuncture help you?

Acupuncture is effective in the treatment of a wide range of common and not so common health conditions. It can also assist with general health maintenance and disease prevention. By strengthening and enhancing normal body functions, the immune system is regulated and a general sense of well-being promoted.