Acupuncture

Healing and Peace of Mind Included


  • Acupuncture is part of traditional Chinese medicine and consists of inserting fine needles into specific points on the skin.
  • Performed by a skilled practitioner, acupuncture can be a safe and effective treatment for a range of disorders.
  • The treatment can be effective even if you don’t believe in the underlying philosophy.
Acupuncture has been part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for thousands of years. It involves inserting fine needles into specific points on the skin or applying various other techniques to the acupuncture points to restore balance and encourage the body to heal itself.
Some experts have used neuroscience to explain acupuncture. Acupuncture points are seen as places where nerves, muscles, and connective tissue can be stimulated. The stimulation increases blood flow, lymphatic flow and increased healing response as well as immune stimulation in an area, while at the same time triggering the activity of the body’s natural painkillers.
The very fine needles are applied along pathways or meridian channels in such a way that it brings a whole body response to the injured area. It is aimed not just at treating the symptoms area but the body areas that are part of the reason the body is not healing itself.

Evidence of effectiveness of acupuncture

Scientific trials around the world have found that when acupuncture is performed by a skilled practitioner, it is a safe and useful treatment for many different disorders.

Clinical guidelines published in many different countries have found that acupuncture is helpful in a wide range of conditions, particularly those which involve pain.

Acupuncture is used for the treatment of a range of illnesses and dysfunction both acute (recent onset) and chronic in nature. Treatment application ranges from muscuoloskeletal conditions through to systemic conditions and may include dysfunction affecting the organs, muscles, circulation and their related function.

Acupuncture has also long been used for health maintenance, addressing non-specific signs and symptoms such as tiredness, feelings of being run down and poor quality sleep. As such, acupuncture treatment is not just for those with illness or injury but is useful to assist with maintaining optimal health, important in today’s high impact society where optimal functioning is required for individuals and their busy life schedules.

In this way, acupuncture can assist in the prevention of illness through identifying and addressing imbalances before they manifest physically. Contact the clinic for further information.
 

Acupuncture therapy

Acupuncture therapy often involves the use of thin, solid needles inserted at discrete points and regions on the body. This is done to bring about a beneficial therapeutic outcome to assist in the alleviation, control and/or management of dysfunction. While acupuncture is associated with ‘needles’, acupuncture as a treatment option involves more than just the use of needles.

A trained acupuncture practitioner (an acupuncturist) uses other treatment modalities such as tuina (remedial massage), cupping and gua sha while also providing advice on diet, lifestyle and general health issues to assist with the maintenance of your health and well being.

The World Health Organisation has published a list of health conditions that acupuncture has shown efficacy for:

Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved—
through controlled trials—to be an effective treatment:
Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
Biliary colic
Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following
stroke)
Dysentery, acute bacillary
Dysmenorrhoea, primary
Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and
gastrospasm)
Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
Headache
Hypertension, essential
Hypotension, primary
Induction of labour
Knee pain
Leukopenia
Low back pain

Malposition of fetus, correction
Morning sickness
Nausea and vomiting
Neck pain
Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular
dysfunction)
Periarthritis of shoulder
Postoperative pain
Renal colic
Rheumatoid arthritis
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Sciatica
Sprain
Stroke
Tennis elbow
Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of
acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed:
Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)
Acne vulgaris
Alcohol dependence and detoxification
Bell’s palsy
Bronchial asthma
Cancer pain
Cardiac neurosis
Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation
Cholelithiasis
Competition stress syndrome
Craniocerebral injury, closed
Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent
Earache
Epidemic haemorrhagic fever
Epistaxis, simple (without generalized or local disease)
Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection
Female infertility
Facial spasm
Female urethral syndrome
Fibromyalgia and fasciitis
Gastrokinetic disturbance
Gouty arthritis
Hepatitis B virus carrier status
Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3)
Hyperlipaemia
Hypo-ovarianism
Insomnia
Labour pain
Lactation, deficiency
Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic
Ménière disease
Neuralgia, post-herpetic
Neurodermatitis
Obesity
Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence
Osteoarthritis
Pain due to endoscopic examination
Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans
Polycystic ovary syndrome (Stein–Leventhal syndrome)
Postextubation in children
Postoperative convalescence
Premenstrual syndrome
Prostatitis, chronic
Pruritus
Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome
Raynaud syndrome, primary
Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
Retention of urine, traumatic
Schizophrenia
Sialism,
Sjögren syndrome
Sore throat (including tonsillitis)
Spine pain, acute
Stiff neck
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
Tietze syndrome
Tobacco dependence
Tourette syndrome
Ulcerative colitis, chronic
Urolithiasis
Vascular dementia
Whooping cough (pertussis)

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