Oriental medical theory describes a network of meridians (energy pathways) that can be accessed at the body’s surface at the Acupuncture points. Acupuncture is the practice of inserting tiny needles at these points to treat illness or promote health and well-being. The practitioner chooses the points based on traditional theories outlined in texts that date from at least 2000 years ago. However, these days, Acupuncturists also refer to modern research studies when selecting Acupuncture points.
What sort of conditions does Acupuncture treat?
Research is increasingly showing evidence of Acupuncture’s effectiveness, with the World Health Organization (WHO) recognising Acupuncture to be useful for a wide range of conditions.
Here are some more conditions in details that Acupuncture can help with:
• Injuries and pain – including tennis elbow, shin splints and many other sports injuries; neck/shoulder tension, headache and migraine, low back pain and knee pain.
• Mental health issues – stress, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
• Difficulty sleeping (insomnia).
• Period pain and menstrual irregularities, menopausal syndrome, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), fibroids.
• Infertility (male and female).
• Pregnancy-related conditions (e.g., tiredness, morning sickness, leg cramps, breech baby, bringing on labour), breast-feeding issues.
• Digestive/gastrointestinal issues – e.g., constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), indigestion/heartburn.
• Low immunity/frequent colds/flus or other infections.
• Allergies such as allergic rhinitis and hay-fever.
• Tiredness/fatigue, including post-viral fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), feeling run-down.
• High blood pressure.
• Eczema, acne and other skin disorders.
• Stopping smoking (and other addictions).
A combination of Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine is needed in some of these conditions for the best results.
What’s involved in an Acupuncture session?
Acupuncture treatments typically last 60-90 minutes for an initial appointment, then 45 minutes for follow-up sessions. During the first session, you will be able to discuss your issues in detail. After a thorough history, the Acupuncturist assesses the body as a whole (by palpating the Acupuncture meridians and examining the pulse and tongue) as well as looking at specific areas of the body that are symptomatic. The Acupuncture treatment consists of very gentle insertion of extremely thin needles at Acupuncture points. All needles used are sterile and disposable. To enhance the treatment, the practitioner may use moxibustion, a special technique in which a refined herb (moxa, also known as artemisia vulgaris, or mugwort), is applied to warm some of the Acupuncture points. When needed, techniques such as cupping, massage, and Chinese herbal medicine can be used to complement the Acupuncture treatment. Of course, optimising your lifestyle is also important for many conditions — so this is another area that may be addressed during sessions.
Most people report feeling extremely relaxed after Acupuncture – like when you’ve had a good massage.
How soon will I respond?
We often see a response in 4-6 sessions, sometimes sooner, depending on the condition and how long it has been present for. Within this timeframe, we can usually tell if you are going to respond well. The aim is then to decrease the frequency of treatments, as your body’s own healing systems are activated. Once the issue has been resolved, it is advisable to come in for maintenance treatment every 3 or 4 months to keep you in good health. One of the aims of Acupuncture is to move the body towards homeostasis (balance). The body has an intrinsic ability to heal itself, and Acupuncture activates this process. As we work on bringing your body into better balance, we commonly see an improvement in other niggling problems aside from the original one – a side benefit of Acupuncture treatment.
To make an appointment, just call the Neutral Bay clinic on 9904-1333 or contact us here, and they’ll do the rest for you. Referrals are not needed, and health fund cards are accepted.