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"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense" Buddha
Acupuncture - General Practice
Acupuncture is a fantastic medical modality. It involves the insertion of fine single-use needles into specific points on the body surface to manipulate Qi or ‘life-force.’ Along with Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture is a major component of Traditional Chinese Medicine which originated in China over 5,000 years ago. As a treatment method it is very powerful and ‘clean’ - it stimulates a person’s own healing powers without introducing anything foreign in the way that drugs, herbs or vitamins do. It may be used alongside other treatments regardless of whether these are Western or complementary medical interventions.
How does acupuncture improve the healing of the body?
Eastern medicine explanation:
Acupuncture is one of the main components of Eastern medicine. It helps maintain a healthy balance and enhances the healing powers of the body. Speaking in Chinese medicine terms, Acupuncture is applied to tonify Wei Qi, Zhong Qi, Yuan Qi (defensive energies), as well as to clear energetic blockages and strengthen the organism in general.
Western medicine explanations:
Numerous scientific research projects have been carried out in order to explain the mechanisms of acupuncture. Some of the discovered pathways are:
1. Neurological influence – acupuncture appears to block receptors in the nerve synapse, blocking the pathways of pain and increasing pain threshold. It is a very useful tool in pain management.
2. Hormonal influence – Acupuncture releases so called ‘happy hormones’ like serotonin, increasing the well-being of the patient, helping them to feel relaxed and happy. Strengthening their healing powers.
3. Local tissue influence – Acupuncture speeds up the healing of local tissue which is very useful in recovery after surgery, radiotherapy, some waste and thirst disorders of the muscles, tendons and bones.
4. Homeostasis influence – Acupuncture stimulates homeostasis (Western medicine word for BALANCE) meaning each body system in the organism may work in optimum order.
How many treatments do I need?
The number and frequency of treatments depends on the chronicity and severity of the presenting disorder. A common cold might need one treatment and set of herbs, whilst a chronic condition of back pain for 10 years might need many more treatments both in number and frequency. The ‘average’ disorder (if such a thing exists) would require about 5 to 6 treatments once per week, a few afterwards fortnightly and then monthly check-ups for maintenance and ‘fine tuning.’
Does acupuncture hurt?
NO! When done properly by an experienced acupuncturist acupuncture does NOT hurt.
How do people usually feel after acupuncture?
People report feeling relaxed, centered, energized and with a sense of wellbeing.
Can I claim herbal and/or the acupuncture treatment rebate on my private health fund?
YES! Our Hi-Caps facility makes it possible to claim on the spot from your health fund. Please ask our receptionist for further details.
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