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Acupuncture is part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and dates back thousands of years. It involves inserting fine needles into specific points on the skin or applying various other techniques to acupuncture points to bring about healing.
The foundation of Chinese acupuncture is the belief in an energy force called Qi (pronounced 'chee'). This energy, or life force, circulates around the body through invisible channels called meridians. If the flow of Qi in the meridians is disrupted, then disease may follow.
By inserting fine needles into particular acupuncture points, the disruption can be corrected and the flow of Qi restored. Whether or not you believe in the philosophy of Qi makes no difference to the effects of acupuncture. Scientific trials around the world have found that acupuncture is a safe and useful treatment for many different disorders.
Yin and Yang
The ancient Chinese proposed that a balance of two opposing yet complementary forces of energy, called Yin and Yang, sustain every living thing. Half the body's organs and meridians are defined as Yin in relation to the other half, which are defined as Yang. When Yin and Yang are out of balance in the body, disease may occur. Acupuncture works to restore the balance between Yin and Yang.
How acupuncture is performed
Pre-sterilised disposable needles are gently inserted and left to work for about 20 minutes. Acupuncture is painless because the needles are very fine (around 0.2 mm in width). Once inserted, you may feel mild tingling around the site, warmth or heaviness, or even nothing at all.
An acupuncturist may use other techniques including:
Cupping – suction designed to bring Qi and blood to the acupuncture point.
Moxibustion – burning herbs held over or applied to acupuncture points.
A feeling of relaxation
After a session of acupuncture, you can expect to feel relaxed and refreshed, but specific responses depend on the individual. For instance, some people feel energised, while others feel sleepy.
What to expect in a consultation
The initial consultation takes one hour including needling, during which the acupuncturist will ask many questions regarding your presenting symptoms, diet and lifestyle. Tongue and pulse diagnosis may also be used. The goal is to gather as much information about you and then create a treatment program that is specific for you.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments you need depends on your condition. In most cases, patients experience a reduction in symptoms within a few sessions. The idea of acupuncture is to restore the natural balance of energy inside your body. Once the balance is restored, the body can take care of itself and further treatments may not be necessary.
Acupuncture is available Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
Consultations cost $90 for 1 hour session.
Private healthcare rebates are available.
Please call the clinic on 9034-0555 to make an appointment.
For information about our Acupuncturists please see our practitioners page.