Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing practices, which originated in China over 2,000 years ago. Acupuncture is one of the main forms of treatment in traditional Chinese medicine. It involves the use of sharp, thin needles that are inserted in the body at very specific points. This process is believed to adjust and alter the body’s energy flow into healthier patterns, and is used to treat a wide variety of illnesses and health conditions.
What problems can be treated by acupuncture?
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends acupuncture as an effective treatment for over forty medical problems. The conditions suitable for treatment with acupuncture include: Painful conditions; Musculoskeletal conditions; Neurological conditions; Gynaecological problems; Pregnancy and labor; Gastrointestinal disorders; Ear, nose& throat disorders; Urogenital disorders; Cardiovascular disorders; Addictions such as smoking and drug withdrawals; and other general health problems.
How does Acupuncture works?
Acupuncture evolved from the principles and philosophies unique to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). A healthy body is full of vital energy (Qi), which flow along special channel system-the meridians. Disorder is due to an internal imbalance and/ or blockage of the flow of vital energy. Acupuncturist insert and manipulate needles to stimulate some acupoints; this could promote health and alleviate pain by increasing vital energy, relieving blockage and restoring the balance of the meridian system.
Is Acupuncture safe?
A professional acupuncturist should have finished a minimum 4-5 years tertiary education in China as same as physician. In Australia, a qualified Chinese medicine acupuncturist should register with APHRA to ensure they have trained extensively and properly. Acupuncture as a natural therapy provides drug-free treatment, and has very few side-effects when provided by a qualified acupuncturist. In addition, in Australia, acupuncture practitioners use sterilised, single-use needles and must follow infection control guidelines.
Does Acupuncture hurts?
If your practitioner has obtained the correct stimulus of the needle, you should feel some cramping, heaviness, distention, tingling, or electric sensation either around the needle or traveling up or down the affected meridian, or energy pathway. In Chinese, acupuncture is painless. Some Western cultures may categorize these sensations as types of pain. In any case, if you experience any discomfort, it is usually mild.
Can acupuncture needles spread disease?
No, we use only single use, sterile, disposable needles which are discarded in a special container after each treatment.
What can I expect after Acupuncture?
You may note a spot of blood at one or more of the needle sites and/or a small bruise could develop. These should not be harmful, but please talk to your practitioner if you are concerned. Patients often experience the most dramatic results in the first treatment. Some patients experience an immediate total or partial relief of their pain or other symptoms. This relief may last or some pain may return. In a few cases, there may be no immediate relief only to notice the pain diminish over the next couple of days. Generally, you should expect to feel better. Most patients will have more questions than this information can answer. You should discuss all of your questions in person with your practitioner.
What is Cosmetic Acupuncture?
Cosmetic acupuncture aims to correct the signs of ageing by using a local treatment. It has semi-permanent results on wrinkles, sagging chins and bust lines. It lifts the skin by about 7 millimeters in order to remove fine lines around the eyes, lips and nose.
How many Treatment do I need to have?
That depends upon the duration, severity, and nature of your complaint. You may need only a single treatment for an acute condition. A series of five to fifteen treatments may resolve many chronic problems. Some degenerative conditions may require many treatments over time.