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. It also involves adjunct therapies including moxibustion, cupping, gua-sha, remedial massage (TuiNa), laser, electro-stimulation, diet and lifestyle advice. Acupuncture and TCM is being increasingly integrated with modern biomedicine. Acupuncture has been used in hospitals in China, Japan and Korea for decades.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture involves the stimulation of specific points on the body by the insertion of very fine sterile needles for therapeutic purposes. Its aim is to establish a healthier state of body functioning. 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. This improves illness and physical symptoms. Acupuncture points are determined based on the 4 types of diagnosis. This includes 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 practitioners treat each patient as a whole. It is a very individualized form of medicine. It is aimed at looking at the root cause of the illness, not only the signs and symptoms. Treatments may use acupuncture alone or combined with other therapeutic modalities such as cupping, moxibustion, heat therapy and electro-acupuncture.
There have been many recent randomised control trials (RCTs) that have shown acupuncture has good positive effects especially for chronic pain. In one study it found: “significant differences between true and sham acupuncture indicate that acupuncture is more than a placebo” (Vickers A.J et al 2018).
Consult your registered acupuncturist to see how they can help you return to better health and balance.
Acupuncture consultation and treatment prices:
- Herbal Consultation Only: $80 (45 mins) – [online consultations available]
- Initial Consult and Treatment: $150 (60 mins), $120 (Concession)
- Subsequent Treatments: $125 (60 mins), $100 (Concession)
- On the spot health fund rebates available
- Worker’s Compensation is available (speak to your insurer/gp)
- We also support NDIS
Note: Best results are gained when treatments are completed as part of a course of treatments. Please speak to us to see what is best for your health concern.