Acupuncture, is an ancient system of medicine, involving the stimulation of specific points on the body with fine needles. Needles are very fine, and in the hands of an experienced practitioner are relatively painless.
Acupuncture is very different from Dry Needling - which is a form of needle penetration into muscle trigger points. Dry Needling courses are usually completed over a weekend and this procedure is often performed by Physiotherapists and Massage Therapists.
In Western Australia, to use the term acupuncture or title of acupuncturist, practitioners must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Acupuncture can be very effective pain relief and brings about a deep sense of relaxation.
In Western Australia there are two main methods of acupuncture: - Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture - which utilises a complex system of balancing points with the aim of bringing "chi" flow into balance, and Western Clinical Acupuncture, which uses known acupuncture points in a manner aimed to relieve the cause and symptoms - without primarily focussing on TCM diagnostic signs. (Some practitioners will apply a combination of both.)
A TCM practitioner will examine multiple pulse points in both wrists, along with tongue coatings and colours. They will then apply techniques associated with those signs. A Western Clinical practitioner will identify signs and symptoms of the pain or condition, then use acupuncture points known to help the condition. TCM practitioners in Australia are generally degree qualified and specialise primarily in acupuncture along with the use of traditional Chinese herbs, moxibustion - applying heat to needles and points, and cupping - the use of suction cups over acupuncture points.
Western Clinical Acupuncture is usually utilised in practice by health professionals - for whom acupuncture is a complementary treatment to their main therapeutic approach. These practitioners usually have a post graduate acupuncture qualification rather than a degree. Both TCM and Western Clinical practitioners may use acupuncture as a stand alone approach, or a combination of acupuncture and other remedies.
Andrew is a registered Acupuncturist with AHPRA - Registration number CMR 0001733777. At Thornlie Naturopathic Centre, Andrew uses Western Clinical Acupuncture in conjunction with any other physical remedy deemed appropriate. Natural anti inflamatory ointments, and herbal or mineral supplements are suggested along with acupuncture - with the aim of relieving the condition as soon as possible. Usually, patients will require at least 6 - 10 sessions of acupuncture before they recover or notice significant change.
Consultations take an average of 30 minutes, however, payment is for the procedure or consultation, not a specific time frame. Initial consultations take approximately 45 minutes, with the initial medical and lifestyle history form taking the extra time.