Acupuncture is an ancient form of Traditional Chinese Medicine dating back thousands and thousands of years. It involved the insertion of micro fine needles throughout the body to reconnect the body back together. In Traditional Chinese Medicine it is believed that you have different channels or meridians that naturally connect the whole body together. Along these different channels flow your Qi (which is your energy) and your blood. If your Qi and blood can’t flow smoothly and abundantly through these different channels, then symptoms and signs will develop and different diseases will develop.
What is Acupuncture?
At specific points along the meridians, your Qi and blood converges, the position where your Qi and blood converges are what are called acupuncture points in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
In Chinese medicine its is believed that by using micro fine needles (Acupuncture needles) to tap directly into these specific points where your Qi and blood converges, you can actually change how your Qi and blood flows through the channel not only to reconnect your body back together again, but also to make sure that your body can communicate and function correctly by itself.
How can Acupuncture help you?
Acupuncture may be effective in the treatment of a wide range of common and not so common health conditions. It can also assist with general health maintenance and disease prevention.
Some conditions that acupuncture may be effective in treating are listed below:
Painful conditions: headaches, migraines, muscular pains and cramps, sporting injuries, frozen shoulder, back and neck pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis, jaw and tooth pains, neuropathy
Gynaecological problems: painful menstruation, irregular periods, PMS, menopause
Pregnancy and labour: infertility, morning sickness, induction of labour
Ear, nose & throat disorders: sinusitis, rhinitis, sore throat, mouth ulcers, tinnitus, common colds
Cardiovascular disorders: primary hypotension, high blood pressure, poor circulation
Urogenital disorders: prostatitis, impotence, retained urine, urinary tract infection
- GI disorders: nausea, vomiting, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, hernia, gastric/duodenal ulcer, chronic ulcerative colitis
Others: cough, allergies and immunity, asthma, gout, anxiety, stress, insomnia, depression, skin disorders….to name a few.
What is Electro Acupuncture?
Electro acupuncture is a type of acupuncture where the needles are connected to a machine that sends a small amount of electricity through the needle to stimulate the muscles and surrounding tissues.
Electroacupuncture is often used for neuromuscular conditions and is fantastic at not only assisting patients with pain, but also conditions such as digestive issues, oedema and weight loss.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
Most patients when they think about acupuncture they always associate it with hypodermic needles that are used for blood taking. Acupuncture needles are so fine they’re thinner than your hair, you can fit 5-7 acupuncture needles into the head of a normal hypodermic needle used for blood taking so the treatments are not only painless and relaxing but most patients fall asleep on the table they’re snoring and drooling by the time we come back in the room!
What to expect
Patients should expect to feel the initial insertion and then they may expect to feel a dull sensation, or a slight aching sensation , a tickle or a throb or nothing at all. The most important thing with acupuncture is that the patient is always relaxed and comfortable during the treatment because the more relaxed the patient is the better the result. So if anything feels too uncomfortable you just let us know and we can always adjust it for you. We want to treat you like a baby to make sure you truly relax!
Theory of Acupuncture
Acupuncture is an ancient form of Traditional Chinese Medicine dating back thousands and thousands of years. It involved the insertion of micro fine needles throughout the body to reconnect the body back together.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine it’s believed that the body is connected together through a series of channels or meridians that naturally exist with the body. Along these channels flow your Qi (which is your energy) and your blood. If your Qi and blood is flowing smoothly and abundantly through these channels then your body is connected together so your body is able to connect, communicate and function correctly.
But if the Qi or the blood become weak, damaged, disturbed or blocked, then the body looses this connection system so the body is unable to connect, communicate or function correctly. Symptoms and signs in your body is your body trying to tell you what’s wrong with it but the problem is these days we don’t listen to our symptoms and signs, we ignore them, because were too busy with our normal daily lives.
This is the reason why when we first develop one condition, if left too long, it will then lead to other conditions and other conditions that develop, until the body basically spirals out of control. This is what we call the root cause or the root imbalance in Chinese medicine.
In Traditional Chinese medicine we believe in not only focusing on the symptoms but we also want to figure out what first caused the symptoms and signs to develop. This is the reason why patients are brought through a course or a series of treatments to balance out the body and treat what’s causing the symptom’s to give you a more long-term approach.
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Frequently Asked Questions
CAN I CLAIM THROUGH MY HEALTH INSURANCE?
Yes the majority of major health insurance companies provide a rebate for both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. If you have private health insurance you may be able to claim a portion or percentage of your treatments. This is always dictated by what type of cover you have and which insurance company you’re with. It is important to check with your private health insurance company to check whether you are eligible for a rebate.
DO YOU HAVE A HICAPS FACILITY?
We have a hicaps facility onsite so that you can automatically claim on the spot and we also issue receipts with provider numbers if your private health insurance does not support the hicaps system.
HOW MANY ACUPUNCTURE SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
How many session is always dictated by how long you’ve had the condition, what type of symptoms you’ve developed and so on and so forth which is why we do a full consultation to begin with to come up with an accurate treatment plan for your specific concern. In general it is recommended that you would start with 5-10 sessions to start feeling a result but it varies from patient to patient.
WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL MY APPOINTMENT?
Please notify the clinic if you are unable to attend your appointment. This will allow another client to be slotted into that appointment time.
Failure to notify or attend an appointment, without 24 hours notice or good reason, may incur a cancellation fee of $50.