What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points. It has been used in China & Japan for over two thousand years, and has been more recently confirmed by electro-magnetic research. Acupuncture stimulates the flow of qi (Chi, or bio-electric energy), regulating and balancing the body, relieving pain and restoring health. Acupuncture helps the brain to re-connect with areas of the body it has somehow stopped communicating with (due to physical or emotional trauma, overuse, etc.)
The needles used in acupuncture are very fine and acupuncture is usually a painless therapy when applied correctly. Perfect to help treat a range of health conditions and ailments, so why not give us here at Kallista Chinese Medicine a call today to organise your next Acupuncture session.
What To Expect During a Session
During an Acupuncture session, you may experience a sensation when the needle stimulates the qi. This feeling can be a tingling or a dull ache, and is different for each person and point needled. Everyones experience of acupuncture is different and some points are more sensitive than others. More and more, we are using Japanese style needling, which is gentle & painless, yet profoundly effective.
Laser acupuncture is an alternative to needle acupuncture and is perfect if you prefer not to have or are afraid of needles. Just ask us about this during your initial consultation or give us a call to talk to one of our practitioners.
Conditions That Can Be Treated
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What Is Chinese Medicine?
In Australia, Chinese medicine is a system of primary health care. It works holistically and is based on the belief that to be healthy, we must maintain or restore balance, harmony and order in our bodies.
As well as addressing your symptoms, TCM aims to get to the root of any illnesses. In contrast to other therapies, TCM advocates a preventative approach to help you stay healthier for longer. But if you are unwell, TCM may offer the unique holistic diagnosis or understanding you have been missing.
A Brief History of TCM
The origins of Chinese Medicine go back thousands of years. TCM is a complete medical system, although it does follows a different model to modern Western medicine. While it recognises the same organs and structures as western medicine does, it conceives of them in terms of functional interconnected systems, and organises them differently. For example "Spleen qi deficiency" doesn't mean there is a problem with your spleen organ, but indicates an overall digestive weakness.
What Do We Do?
A doctor of Chinese Medicine may look at your tongue and take your pulse, and ask about your lifestyle to understand what lifestyle factors are causing you to present signs of illness or imbalance.
A range of issues can impact on your health and wellbeing, with the most common including:
The TCM doctor will be able to detect signs of all these issues and more in the consultation. The practitioner may give you acupuncture, prescribe Chinese herbal medicine, give you a remedial massage or even prescribe breathing exercises such as qi-gong.
During your consultation we'll discuss the best treatment plans for your needs, so feel free to have a chat to our practitioners about your treatment preferences.
Why Should You Give Chinese Medicine a Try?
Chinese medicine is truly holistic in its approach, with the main focus revolving around the belief that the body, mind, spirit and emotions are all interlinked. Preventing illness or disease through harmonisation with nature and balance within the body is one of the main reasons why Chinese medicine is so prevalent in the West today its much better to remain healthy and feeling great than try to work your way back to health from a position of illness.