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Julie Constantine

Turning Point Acupuncture

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Acupuncture Treatment Brisbane

Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing practices in the world and originated in China over 5000 years ago.

As part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture is based on the concept that disease results from disruption in the flow of qi and imbalance in the forces of yin and yang.

The term acupuncture describes a family of procedures involving the stimulation of anatomical points on the body using a variety of techniques including moxabustion, cupping, laser therapy and electro-stimulation.

The acupuncture technique that has been most often studied scientifically involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific sites (acupuncture points).The practitioners at the clinic use pre-sterilised single-use disposable acupuncture needles of the finest quality.

How does it work?

Acupuncture is based on the ancient Chinese theory that energy (qi) and blood (xue) flow through the meridians or pathways that are located all over the body. Specific points lie along these pathways. The insertion of a fine needle gently stimulates the qi. This restores the healthy flow of qi and assists the body to heal itself.

The purpose of acupuncture is the promotion of good health. No pain should be felt. In general, people will experience a free flow of energy, a subtle tingling feeling or electrical sensation around the needle or traveling up and down the body.

What happens during the initial consultation?

First, your practitioner will ask about your health then we will examine your tongue's shape, color and coating, feel your pulse. After making a diagnosis we will be able to make a treatment program to address your particular treatment plan.  We include an acupuncture treatment in the initial consult, the needles are usually retained for 30 minutes. Most people don't feel discomfort and have reported that it feels very relaxing.

Tongue Diagnosis

As part of the diagnostic process your tongue will be inspected, the tongue shows us what is going on internally. We look at the tongue's shape, color and coating.

Pulse Diagnosis

Pulse diagnosis is a significant tool that we use to assess the health of all major organ systems of the body. It's not just the speed as in Western Medicine pulse, it's a skill required as a useful diagnostic tool. Your pulse is often checked throughout the duration of your Acupuncture treatment to check for changes of your internal systems. When the desired change is present we will make changes to the acupuncture points to get maximum results.

What can I expect from after the treatment?

After treatment, you will usually feel a sense of general well-being and relaxation. Although individual responses vary, most people experience an improvement in sleep, digestion and energy levels. Some people experience a mild exacerbation of symptoms after the first treatment, but this does subside and will be followed by an improvement in the condition over subsequent treatments.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments will depend on how severe and long-standing the condition is, each patient responds differently to therapy. Usually a course of treatments will generally provide long term relief for most chronic ailments. Some acute problems may only require a single treatment. You will be given some idea of how you should respond in your initial consultation, and certainly experience an improvement in your first few treatments.

Can I have Acupuncture during Pregnancy?

It is important that you tell your acupuncturist if you are or may be pregnant. Acupuncture is very effective in pregnancy to relieve symptoms such as morning sickness, indigestion, sciatica, and fatigue.  Acupuncture may assist with natural labor induction, breech presentation and post-labor recovery.

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