What is acupuncture and how does it work?
Acupuncture is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It originated in China and is now practised throughout the world. Acupuncture is considered a safe therapy in the hands of a well-trained practitioner and as such your practitioner must be registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia.
Acupuncture commonly refers to the insertion of single-use, ultra-fine surgical stainless steel pins into acupuncture points, often with the addition of manual manipulation, heat and/or electrical stimulation. The goal of acupuncture is to establish a healthier state of body function and to increase your capacity to cope with stress. It does this by not only alleviating symptoms, but most importantly working towards addressing the root cause of your condition to facilitate a more sustained shift in health.
What factors are considered in your general physical examination?
TCM recognises you as a complex of physicality, mind and emotion. During your initial consultation, all aspects of your health are discussed. Details of your medical, surgical and family history and other relevant information such as exercise habits, eating habits and occupation are collected. A general physical examination is conducted and the tongue and wrist pulses are studied. The number and frequency of treatments you may require depends on several factors. These include the duration and intensity of your present disorder, your age, constitution, and individual circumstances such as lifestyle, stress levels and health goals, are also taken into account.
The goal of acupuncture is to establish a healthier state of body function and to increase your capacity to cope with stress.
It does this by not only alleviating symptoms, but most importantly working towards addressing the root cause of your condition to facilitate a more sustained shift in health.
The effectiveness of acupuncture is evidence-based
In placebo-controlled clinical trials acupuncture has demonstrated the Australian Government’s National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture for 117 conditions (McDonald J, Janz S. The Acupuncture Evidence Project: A Comparative Literature Review. Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association. 2017). These include:
acute burns pain 
allergic rhinitis 
back pain 
back and pelvic pain during pregnancy 
chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting 
chronic low back pain and osteoarthritis 
cancer pain and fatigue 
knee osteoarthritis 
menopausal hot flushes 
neck pain 
peri and postmenopausal sleep disturbance 
period pain 
post-traumatic stress disorder 
postoperative nausea and vomiting 
postoperative pain 
prostatitis pain and chronic pelvic pain syndrome 
shoulder pain (rotator cuff) 
stroke rehabilitation 
TMJ pain (jaw pain) 
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