Ever wondered how acupuncture can benefit your health?
Acupuncture is a natural and holistic ancient form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which has been practised and used to alleviate the signs and symptoms associated with many conditions over thousands of years.
According to the findings of The Acupuncture Evidence Project 1
, acupuncture is seen to have either positive or potential positive effects in helping to manage the following:
- Musculoskeletal conditions: aches, pains and strains, eg. neck, shoulder, lower back pain; knee osteoarthritis.
- Neurological conditions: headaches and migraines, sciatica, stroke rehabilitation.
- Respiratory conditions: hayfever/allergic rhinitis, asthma.
- Gastrointestinal conditions: constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, postoperative or chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.
- Female health concerns: menopausal hot flushes, back or pelvic pain during pregnancy.
- Weight management.
- Mental and emotional conditions: insomnia, anxiety, depression.
If you are unsure as to whether acupuncture can help you, please don't hesitate to contact me for further enquiries.
1 McDonald J, Janz S. The Acupuncture Evidence Project: A Comparative Literature Review (Revised Edition). Brisbane: Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd; 2017. http://www.acupuncture.org.au
What does acupuncture involve?
Acupuncture involves inserting hair-fine needles into the body’s meridians or channels, to tap into the body’s Life Force Energy or Qi (pronounced “chee”). Using the needles, this Qi can then be regulated to help bring the body back into harmony.
What does each consultation involve?
In the initial
consultation, a health history will be taken and MANY questions will be asked. Possibly, some range of movement tests may be done (particularly for musculoskeletal problems) and/or palpation (examination by touch) of any affected areas. Tongue and pulse analysis is also completed. A diagnosis is done by the TCM practitioner and a treatment plan is outlined, based on this diagnosis. Then the actual treatment follows.
With the follow-up
consultations, they basically continue using the same format as the initial consultation but with less detailed health history taken (which has already been done in the initial consultation). Therefore, the follow-up usually takes a shorter time.
Approx. Visit Times:
Initial visit: 60 mins.
Follow up visit: 30 to 45 mins.
Treatment is included in each of my consultations.
Clients who present with and require treatment for different unrelated conditions each time or those whom have not attended the clinic for 2+ months may require an initial consultation to be properly re-assessed again.
What does each treatment involve?
Treatment mainly involves the insertion of needles into the body and additional techniques (eg. moxibustion, cupping, guasha (spooning), etc) may be incorporated into the treatment, depending on the condition being treated, the diagnosis arrived at and the client’s constitution. Lifestyle advice is also given.
How many treatments are required?
In most cases (but not all), more than one treatment is required to build upon and get the best combination of therapeutic effects, hence, better results.
As everyone is different and presents with different complaints, the actual number of treatments will vary and will be dependent on such factors as the response to each treatment; what the actual complaint is; the duration and severity of the client’s problem (prior to the first treatment); client’s age and constitution; and client’s lifestyle/dietary factors (which may be helping/hindering recovery). These will all influence the desired outcome and recovery times.
Laser acupuncture available
We encourage you to try the needles, however, if for whatever reason you decide not to, laser acupuncture could be an alternate option for you. Please ask us about it.
As acupuncture is natural and holistic, every treatment is tailor-made for each individual.
CALL TODAY for an appointment and find out more about how acupuncture can help you.
Private health fund rebates available
256 Moreland Road, Brunswick, Victoria, 3056.
(directly opposite John Fawkner Hospital)
Phone: 0403 797 108
General days of availability: Monday to Friday. Most Saturday mornings. All by appointment.
Note: Missed appointments/late cancellations deprive others needing an appointment in the same timeslot so please give advance notice (24 hours is preferable) if you are unable to make your appointment.