Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is used to treat both acute and chronic illnesses and includes many therapies and modalities. The main form being acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. It also involves adjunct therapies including moxibustion, cupping, gua-sha, remedial massage (TuiNa), laser, electro-stimulation, diet and lifestyle advice.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is an ancient form of healing that originated in China over 5000 years ago. It is one of the oldest systems of medicine still in practice today. Acupuncture is practiced all over the world, and is gaining popularity due to its natural form of healing.
Acupuncture involves the stimulation of specific points on the body by the insertion of very fine needles for therapeutic or preventative purposes. Its aim is to establish a healthier state of body functioning and increasing its capability to cope with stress.
Acupuncture is based on Chinese philosophy and the concept of energy (qi). Qi flows throughout our entire body like an electrical circuit, between the organs and in channel pathways, or meridians, which were mapped out by the ancient Chinese. There are 12 main meridians through which energy flows, 6 Yang and 6 Yin channels. Along these meridians, there are over 500 acupuncture points where fine needles are inserted to re-balance the body’s energy. When the flow of energy is blocked or unbalanced, illness and disease results. Acupuncture aims to correct this Yin-Yang balance, by allowing the body’s own immune system to respond, therefore improving illness. Acupuncture points are determined based on the 4 types of diagnosis including questioning, careful observation of patient’s face, colour, body features, nails, tongue and feeling of the pulse and certain body regions.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine treats each patient as a whole, it is also a very individualised form of medicine. It is aimed at removing the cause of the illness, not only the signs and symptoms.
What conditions can acupuncture assist with?
Published by the World Health Organisation (WHO), common diseases or conditions for which acupuncture has shown to be an effective or has good therapeutic effect for reducing the symptoms of include:
- Respiratory disorders – bronchitis, bronchial asthma, acute tonsillitis, hay fever, common cold, sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, sore throat, cough, allergies, laryngitis, influenza
- Painful conditions – headaches, migraine, post-operative pain, traumatic pain, dental pain, analgesia, chronic pain, joint pain, pain from cancer
- Digestive disorders – toothache, post-extraction pain, gingivitis, mouth ulcers, hiccough, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome, dysentery, duodenal, gastric and peptic gastric ulcers, constipation, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, oesophagitis , chronic ulcerative colitis, dyspepsia, flatulence, vomiting and nausea, haemorrhoids, weight control, heartburn
- Neurological disorders – headaches, migraines, sequale of stroke, trigeminal neuralgia, facial and inter-costal neuralgia, some forms of paralysis, peripheral neuropathy, sequelae of poliomyelitis, nocturnal enuresis, Meniere’s disease, hypertension, facial palsy, sciatica, nervous tension, dizziness
- Musculo-skeletal disorders – sciatic, frozen shoulder, tennis/golf elbow, herniated lumbar disc, low back pain, shoulder and neck pain, knee pain, osteoarthritis, periarthritis of shoulder, rheumatoid arthritis, muscular tension, traumatic/sporting injuries, sprains, arthralgia, fibromyalgia, rheumatism, gout
- Cardiovascular disorders – primary hypotension, hypertension, fluid retention, chest pain, angina pectoris, poor circulation, cold hands and feet, muscle cramps
- Uro-Genital disorders – nocturnal enuresis, neurogenic bladder dysfunction, cystitis, prostatitis, impotence, urinary retention, urinary tract infection (UTI), low libido, kidney disorders, renal colic, urinary stones
- Sense organ disorders – conjunctivitis, simple cataracts, mypoia in children, central retinitis, visual disorders, red sore itchy or watery eyes, tinnitus, ear ache
- Gynecological & obstetric Disorders – PMT, menstrual irregularities, thrush, abnormal discharge, menopause, PCOS, fibroids, infertility, breached baby, delayed labour, morning sickness
- Dermatological disorders – psoriasis, dermatitis, acne, eczema, rosacea, pigmentation, scarring, wrinkles
- Psychological diseases – depression, phobias, emotional disturbances, anxiety, nervousness, stress, addictions (smoking)
- Others – low energy, anxiety, stress, sleep disturbances, low immunity, diabetes type 2
Acupuncture consultation and treatment prices:
Best results are gained when treatments are completed as part of a series, twice a week for the first week or two maybe necessary.
- Herbal Consultation Only: $50 (20-30 minutes)
- Initial Consult and Treatment: $120 (75 minutes)
- Subsequent Treatments: $95 (60 minutes, treatments include sound therapy)
- 10 Acupuncture Sessions: $850 (paid upfront)
- On the spot health fund rebates available