Acupuncture has been used by millions of people for over 5000 years.
What is Acupuncture?
It is one of the major components of the wholistic philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The aim of TCM is to determine where and how your body is out of balance, and causing symptoms such as illness or pain. Acupuncture is then used to restore the proper flow of energy (qi), blood, and yin and yang, in order to bring the body back into balance, strengthening and normalizing proper function, and preventing illness.
How it works
Energy (qi) flows through the body along meridian pathways associated with the body’s organs and systems. Very fine sterile acupuncture needles are inserted into points along these meridians to adjust, unblock and balance the flow of qi, which helps the body to heal, and prevents illness.
Most commonly treated conditions
Acupuncture has been found to be helpful in alleviating symptoms of a wide range of chronic and acute conditions. These include:
- Gastrointestinal disorders such as constipation (1), irritable bowel (2), bloating, indigestion
- Women’s health and menopausal symptoms(3)
- Musculoskeletal conditions such as neck pain, shoulder pain, chronic low back pain (4), sports injuries, knee osteoarthritis pain and fibromyalgia.
- Acupuncture may assist with depression that is related to chronic pain by managing the underlying pain.
- Chronic and tension-type headaches(5) and migraines (6)
- Allergic rhinitis (7), sinusitis, colds and flus.
- Insomnia (8), anxiety (9), and stress management.
(1) Comparison of electroacupuncture and medical treatment for functional constipation: a systematic review and meta-analysis https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28630049
(2) Acupuncture for irritable bowel syndrome: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Manheimer E, Wieland LS, Cheng K, et al. Am J Gastroenterol 2012; 107:835-847 http://www.gastrojournal.org/article/S0016-5085(12)01497-7
(3) Acupuncture in Menopause (AIM) Study: a Pragmatic, Randomized Controlled Trial. Avis N, Coeytaux R., et al. Menopause 2016 June;23(6):626-637 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4874921/
(4) Complementary medicine for low back pain : what is the scientific evidence ? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28643968
(5) A summary of a Cochrane Review: Acupuncture for the prevention of tension-type headache. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27818716
(6) Acupuncture modulates the abnormal brainstem activity in migraine without aura patients https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28580293
(7) Acupuncture for seasonal allergic rhinitis: a randomized controlled trial: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Volume 115, Issue 4, October 2015, Pages 317–324.e1 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1081120615003427
(8) Efficacy and safety of acupuncture treatment on primary insomnia: a randomized controlled trial. Sleep med. 2017 Sep;37:193-200. doi: 10.1016/j.sleep.2017.02.012. Epub 2017 Mar 8.
(9) Acupuncture for anxiety and anxiety disorders – a systematic literature review. http://aim.bmj.com/content/25/1-2/1.short
Acupuncture for anxiety. CNS Neuroscience and Therapeutics. N. Errington-Evans. Volume 18, Issue 4 April 2012 Pages 277–284 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1755-5949.2011.00254.x/full
What to expect at your first appointment
Your acupuncturist will thoroughly assess your condition and make a diagnosis according to TCM principles. Your medical history, family medical history, diet, lifestyle and any medications or supplements you are taking will also be discussed. They will examine your tongue, take a series of pulses, and may palpate tender points along meridians.
You will then lie down and very fine acupuncture needles will be inserted at specific points. You may feel a mild dull sensation or a bit of a tingle. Most people find the experience very relaxing. Moxibustion (heat produced by a particular herb), cupping and/or massage may also be used.
How long does it take to treat a condition?
The amount of treatment you need will depend on your condition and how long you’ve had it. Your acupuncturist will estimate the number of treatments you will need once they have observed how your body responds to a few treatments. Generally, acute conditions are resolved faster than chronic conditions. In some cases, Chinese herbal medicine is combined with acupuncture for better or faster results.
All acupuncturists at the Wholistic Medical Centre are registered with AHPRA and, in accordance with the national registration standards of the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia and AHPRA, are obliged to meet standards of safety and efficacy.
Our Acupuncture Practitioners
Tanya Newton (Majzoub) – Traditional Chinese Medicine - M.TCM, Cert.TCM (China)
Tanya uses the holistic philosophy of traditional Chinese medicine to restore health, balance and vitality.
Suzi Wigge – Integrative GP including Traditional Chinese Medicine - M.B., B.S., FRACGP, Dip. TCM (Sydney), Cert. TCM (China), DRM.
Suzi is an integrative medicine practitioner who combines orthodox medicine with a range of natural therapies targeting root causes of health problems.