The Ultimate Guide to Acupuncture in 2024
Acupuncture was born out of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and it has been used for thousands of years with remarkable success.
Have you ever received Acupuncture treatment?
Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has been practiced for thousands of years as a complementary therapy. This ancient practice involves the insertion of thin acupuncture needles into specific acupressure points on your body, with the aim of balancing your energy flow and promoting healing.
With its ancient origins and an important role played in medical history, Acupuncture has gained widespread acceptance as a complementary natural therapy, and Acupuncture is often referred to as an alternative medicine. Acupuncture is used by many practitioners to support a variety of health conditions including chronic pain, stress, infertility, back pain, menopause, and migraines.
In Australia, Acupuncture is recognised as a part of integrative medicine and an important health care modality, and many thousands of people now turn to this method for its therapeutic benefits. Its popularity is bolstered by a growing body of research investigating its efficacy and mechanisms of how Acupuncture works, as well as by governmental regulations (enforced by AHPRA and the Chinese Medicine Board) ensuring the practice of Acupuncture meets certain safety standards.
Many health practitioners now incorporate Acupuncture into their treatments, either directly by becoming a Registered Acupuncturist or by referring their patients to a skilled Acupuncture Practitioner (eg physical therapists or medical professionals may refer a patient with chronic shoulder pain to an Acupuncture Practitioner for support, rather than relying on medical devices or recommending the patient see a specialist for surgery.
Acupuncture is a thousands of years-old Eastern medicine therapy practiced to balance the body's energy and support various health conditions.
This natural therapy involves the insertion of fine needles into specific acupuncture points in the body by a qualified Acupuncturist. For safety reasons, the needles used are disposable needles, and those practicing Acupuncture are trained in Acupuncture needle insertion, often inserting the needles so gently they are barely felt by patients.
Acupuncture may help to relieve pain, support pregnant women with morning sickness and back pain, help support the regulation of your nervous system, and support the reduction of postoperative nausea, among many other supportive measures.
A specific number of treatments are often recommended by the Acupuncture Practitioner to allow this complementary therapy to take effect more strongly - it is rarely a "one-off" treatment.
Acupuncture is an alternative medicine that has gained popularity in Australia, with modern Acupuncture becoming an important part of integrated holistic healthcare. It is often chosen by patients in preference to conventional treatments, including to support the treatment of pain and strengthening of the immune system.
The practice of Acupuncture is supported by research and various scientific studies, and is regulated in Australia to ensure safety within the field.
Effectiveness: Acupuncture is often considered for support for various types of treatment of pain and for a range of other conditions, such as providing support for migraine and arthritis. A significant amount of research points to its effectiveness, particularly in the area of support for pain management.
Mechanism: The practice involves inserting thin acupuncture needles into specific points on the body. This is believed to stimulate nerves, muscles, and connective tissue, potentially boosting the body's natural painkillers, supporting the calming down of the nervous system and supporting the increase of blood flow. Medical devices are not required during an Acupuncture treatment - instead, different acupuncture points are stimulated by the use of very thin needles.
Traditional Roots: Originating from Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture is based on the concept of balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as qi or chi (CHEE) — which is thought to flow through pathways (meridians) in the body.
Regulation and Education: The practice of Acupuncture is regulated differently across various regions, with some countries enforcing strict licensing for its use. Practitioners usually complete extensive Acupuncture education and training to learn the necessary techniques and principles, and only registered practitioners in Australia may call themselves "Acupuncturists".
Scientific Perspective: While the existence of meridian pathways has not been scientifically proven, certain acupuncture points are recognised in the medical field for providing symptomatic relief and helping to relieve pain. A number of studies have looked at the correlation between stimulation of these points and pain relief (and relief of other synmptoms) in patients.
Possible Benefits: Beyond the relief of pain, some studies suggest Acupuncture can have benefits such as reducing the risk of stroke in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and reducing the side effects of chemotherapy and pregnancy.
The Chinese Medicine Board of Australia and AHPRA regulates the use of acupuncture needles and the practice of Acupuncture in Australia.
How Can Acupuncture Help You?
Book your Acupuncture Session with us today! Every day, more and more doctors are recommending acupuncture to their patients. The fact that acupuncture has endured the test of time is a testament to the effectiveness of this ancient health technique. Our clients find that acupuncture can address a variety of their health concerns & it’s considered to be one of the most beneficial forms of natural therapies.
Many of our clients use acupuncture to assist with:
- Period pain, blood flow, irregular periods, menopause & peri-menopause
- General pain relief as well as specific conditions such as musculoskeletal pain, back & neck pain, shoulder pain and leg, foot & knee pain
- Support fertility treatments (such as IVF) **
- Chronic pain relief
How do Acupuncture Treatments Work?
1. Spend Time To Find a Clear Diagnosis
In your initial acupuncture consultation, our experienced Acupuncturist will spend time diagnosing your condition, using a wide range of diagnostic tools. The acupuncturist may assess the tongue, skin, pulse and eyes as these areas are seen as major indicators of overall health and well-being.
2. Find Relief With Acupuncture
Your Acupuncture Brisbane treatment may involve the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific sites (acupuncture points) along the body’s meridians to clear energy blockages and encourage the normal flow of qi through the individual. The practitioner may also stimulate the acupuncture points using other methods, including moxibustion, cupping, laser therapy, electro-stimulation and massage, in order to re-establish the flow of qi.
3. Medicine Specifically Prepared For Your Condition
Herbs play a prominent role in healing and are a significant element of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Herbs can be dispensed as an “off the shelf” formula or our practitioners can create a formula specifically designed for you. Our clinic has over 100 herbs to suit your specific needs so we can treat your condition in the best way.
4. Walk Away with A Plan
Our acupuncture practitioner can offer you a plan for your ongoing recovery and other customised programs to support your health, diet and lifestyle. Get in touch today to find out more about our range of acupuncture treatments or book your Acupuncture Brisbane service with us now!
IVF Treatment & Acupuncture
**Many health practitioners may recommend acupuncture as an adjunct treatment that may assist with IVF treatment. There is continuing research about how acupuncture can assist with the effectiveness of fertility treatments such as IVF treatment, and you should consult your treating practitioner/s about how acupuncture may be able to help you.
Acupuncture in Queensland
There are some fantastic Acupuncture Practitioners in Queensland, Australia and our Kylie Skillen and Alexandra Welch are near the top of the list. Located in Wavell Heights (Kylie Skillen) and Cannon Hill (Alexandra Welch), our Acupuncturists can support you with a number of health challenges.
If you are located in Brisbane, whether you live on the North Side or the South Side of the Brisbane River, we have an Acupuncture Brisbane Clinic near you at Brisbane Livewell Clinic (Wavell Heights) and Brisbane Livewell Clinic (Cannon Hill).
Injured at Work? Worksafe QLD & Acupuncture Treatments
Acupuncture is an approved service where there’s evidence of positive clinical and functional outcomes.
WorkCover QLD support acupuncture that’s provided by a board registered Chinese Medicine practitioner. At Brisbane Livewell Clinic, Kylie Skillen is a WorkCover Qld provider. The initial consultation can be billed without WorkCover QLD prior approval on an accepted and current claim.
WorkCover QLD require prior approval for ongoing acupuncture consultations. To obtain approval, WorkCover QLD require you to submit a provider management plan which details the clinical and functional outcomes to be achieved by this course of treatment. Speak with one of our friendly team members to book in your Acupuncture Brisbane treatment with us today!
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