Acupuncture

 

Acupuncture literally means to puncture with a needle. The procedure of puncturing with needles is also site-specific for specific diseases and disorders.

The tradition of acupuncture theory believes that energy flows within the human body and this energy can be channelized to create balance and health. This energy flow is called qi and pronounced “chee”.

Acupuncture aims to correct imbalances of the qi and restore health through stimulation. The needles are inserted through the skin at points along the meridians of the body.

Scientists have long explored the cause behind efficacy of acupuncture. Some researchers suggest that pain relief from acupuncture occurs when acupuncture needles stimulate nerves. In addition acupuncture may also release pain-relieving chemicals, such as endorphins and serotonin to ease symptoms. Acupuncture may also decrease pain-causing inflammation by stimulating the pituitary gland to release cortisol.

There are 361 different acupuncture points which are specific for different diseases and disorders. Acupuncture has been seen to be effective in over 40 diseases and disorders.

Acupuncture is the stimulation of precisely defined, specific acupoints along the skin of the body involving various methods such as the application of heat, pressure, or laser or penetration of thin needles. In a modern acupuncture session, an initial consultation is followed by taking the pulse on both arms, and an inspection of the tongue. Classically, in clinical practice, acupuncture is highly individualized and based on philosophy and intuition, and not on controlled scientific research. The number and frequency of acupuncture sessions vary but most practitioners don't think one session is sufficient. Clinical practice varies depending on the country. It has recently been reported that several hospitals in Queensland are now using Acupuncture as a treatment for back pain in place of pain relief medications.

 

Acupuncture is known to treat a wide range of disorders including:

  • Neurological conditions such as headaches, migraines, difficulty sleeping, nervous tension, stroke, dizziness, and Meniere's disease.
     

  • Cardiovascular disorders such as high or low blood pressure, fluid retention, chest pain, and muscle cramps.
     

  • Respiratory conditions such as bronchial asthma, acute and chronic bronchitis,  and the common cold.

  • Digestive system disorders such as toothache, post-extraction pain, gingivitis, mouth ulcers, hiccough, and weight control.
     

  • Urogenital disorders such as cystitis, prostatitis, orchitis, low sexual vitality, urinary retention, and neurogenic bladder dysfunction.
     

  • Gynaecological and obstetric disorders such as premenstrual tension, painful, heavy or irregular, and morning sickness.
     

Musculoskeletal disorders such as osteoarthritis, sciatica, lumbago, weak back, low back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, tenosynovitis, shoulder and neck pain,cervicobrachial syndrome, 'frozen shoulder', and 'tennis elbow'.

 

Micro-Needle Acupuncture

 

In normal Acupuncture treatment, many needles may be used to trigger a number of points to improve the flow of Qi. A micro needle is a specific needle and

is the only needle used. It is used to treat a specific area of pain or injury and can be a lot quicker in effectiveness. Some patients report soreness after this treatment which is not uncommon. The soreness should pass in a couple of days. If the soreness continues then the patient should contact us immediately on the numbers shown. Micro needling is more expensive due to the cost of this specialist needle.