Acupuncture has been used by millions of people for over 5000 years.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the major components of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is probably the one that people are most familiar with in the western world. Traditional Chinese Medicine is a natural system of healthcare that has been widely used around the world by millions of people for several thousand years. The other aspects of TCM are Chinese herbal medicine, Qigong, tuina (Chinese massage therapy) and dietary therapy.
The philosophy behind TCM is that the body is like a microsystem within the macrosystem of its environment. The health of each person will be influenced by dietary, lifestyle, climate, pollution, stress and emotional factors, particularly if any of these are extreme or sustained over a long period of time.
TCM uses a unique system of viewing the body to assess and understand the ways in which your body can be out of balance as a result of these influences, causing symptoms such as illness or pain.
What does acupuncture do?
In TCM energy (Qi) is believed to flow through the body along particular pathways. When this flow is disrupted your body becomes unbalanced and unwell. Acupuncture uses very fine, sterile needles which are inserted at points along these meridians, aiming to regulate the flow of Qi and help guide your body back to a more balanced state.
Acupuncture has many complex effects on the body which are only just starting to be explored and understood with modern research methods.
Acupuncture has been shown to have a positive effect in helping to manage symptoms of a wide variety of disorders, and can provide supportive care to existing medical treatment.
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 and taken into consideration. They will examine your tongue, take a series of pulses, and may palpate tender points along meridians.
You will then lie down in a comfortable position 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, electro-acupuncture 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 be able to estimate the number of treatments you will need once they have observed how your body responds to a few treatments. Generally, acute conditions improve more quickly than chronic conditions that are generally more complex. In some cases Chinese herbal medicine is combined with acupuncture.
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
Rebecca Mar Young – Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Japanese Acupuncture - B.Hth.Sci TCM (UTS), Cert. TCM (Beijing), Cert IV R.M., B.Arts Comm (CSU), Post-Grad Cert. Jap Ac, Post-Grad Cert. Paed TCM, Certified Yoga Teacher RYTA 200
I support pregnant and post-natal women, couples seeking fertility and IVF support, babies and children, as well as all aspects of women's health. I use acupuncture and Chinese medicine to achieve improved health and wellness, which seeks to address the root cause of your issue.
Tanya Newton – Acupuncture, 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 – Sydney Integrative GP, Anti-Ageing and Nutritional Medicine, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture - 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.