Acupuncture

An Alternative Ancient Medical Science

Acupuncture is a therapy used in the treatment of diseased states by inserting very fine needles in specific points on the body.. These specific points are called acupuncture points.

The precise start date of acupuncture use in China and how it evolved from early times are uncertain. One explanation is that some soldiers wounded in battle by arrows were believed to have been cured of chronic afflictions that were otherwise untreated. The earliest written record of acupuncture is found in the Huangdi Neijing; translated as The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon, dated approximately 200 BCE.

The general theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that bodily functions are regulated by energy called Qi (chi) which flows through the body. The pathways through which Qi flows are called meridians and these circulate through the organs and tissues of the body. Any disruption of this flow of Qi in the meridians is believed to be the cause of disease in the body. Acupuncture treatment corrects these imbalances in the flow of Qi through meridians, by inserting needles at points called acupuncture points. The most common mechanism of stimulation of acupuncture points employs penetration of the skin by thin metal needles, which are manipulated manually or by electrical stimulation.

There is general agreement that acupuncture is safe when administered by well-trained practitioners using sterile needle and carries a very low risk. Acupuncture became a health profession registered at the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) in July 2012 with an official government registration board for acupuncture.

Acupuncture Treatment can help in treating specific disorders and provide relief of symptoms. It is used to treat the cause of the disorder and reduces likelihood of its recurrence. It can reduce the need for medication by improving the state of health. Chinese medicine is an effective form of preventative medicine because of its ability to detect and treat energy imbalances before they lead to disease.

The number and frequency of treatments depends on the intensity of disorder, age and general health of a patient. There are a wide range of disorders that can be treated by Acupuncture. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises that the following disorders can be treated successfully by Acupuncture treatment:

  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Lumbar Pain
  • Musculo-skeletal pain
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Knee pain
  • Hamstring problems
  • Heel spurs
  • Gout
  • Shingles
  • Sprains
  • PMT
  • Menopause
  • IVF patients
  • Back pain in Pregnancy
  • Morning sickness
  • Impotency
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Bed wetting