Acupuncture is the treatment of physical and emotional symptoms by influencing points on meridians, or “lines of energy”, which interconnect across the body surface.
It affects the physiological functioning of the body by the insertion of fine needles into a few specific points around the body.
With a history of almost 3000 years it is used extensively today to treat millions of people around the world for most health problems ranging from colds and flus to neck and back problems to insomnia, chronic fatigue and emotional conditions.
It can also be used for health enhancement, to assist in sports performance and to improve your sense of well-being and vitality.
Paddington Clinic is a leader in Acupuncture in Brisbane.
Acupuncture styles at our clinic are very gentle, being mainly based on the Japanese systems, such as Toyohari. They are well suited to anyone including very sensitive or needle-shy patients, as well as children.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture is an important part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, along with Chinese herbal medicine, Tui Na (orthopaedic massage) and Qi Gong (meditation, exercise & energy healing techniques). Yin and Yang are the underlying principles of Chinese philosophy and medicine.
Good health is comes from a balance of Yin (negative, dark, and feminine) and Yang (positive, bright, and masculine). In traditional Chinese medicine theory, acupuncture regulates the flow of Qi (pronounced chee), a type of unseen energy or electro-magnetic force travelling in a system of channels or meridians which connect acupuncture points to tissues and organs.
Qi takes on many forms in the body, and is the force that warms us, digests our food, moves our limbs and basically keeps us alive. When the Qi, blood, fluids or spirit are somehow affected, the result is pain, discomfort, disease or emotional disturbances. Acupuncture can affect the flow of Qi in the channels and organs, thereby affecting hormones, nerves and muscles, immunity, circulation and so on.
What problems can Acupuncture assist with?
As acupuncturists all our practitioners are members of AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulations Agency) This is a government organization which regulates what claim we are allowed to advertise.
The following list of conditions and symptoms in regards to acupuncture and herbal medicine is permitted under the National Law:
- Management of pain, stress and fatigue
- Stress and fatigue related to some autoimmune disorders, in consultation with other treating health practitioners
- Management of pain particularly muscular skeletal pain (e.g. back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain)
- Management of pain, fatigue and nausea related to many chronic diseases
- Chronic pain related to depression by managing the chronic pain
- Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy
- Control of vomiting or nausea arising from chemotherapy
- Fertility as an adjunct with IVF treatment as
* If you are unsure if acupuncture may assist in your condition please contact the clinic and speak to one of our practitioners.
Does It Hurt?
This depends on a number of factors, such as the sensitivity of the patient and the skill of the practitioner. The needles used in the clinic are very fine and are inserted using special insertion tubes, this combination reduces any sensation to a minimum so that most patients are unaware of the needles at all.
Do Acupuncturists Only Use Needles?
Acupuncturists use a variety of other techniques in the clinic besides needles. These include moxibustion (warming the skin), electro-stimulation, cupping, massage and Chinese herbs. Herbs may be needed in conjunction with a course of acupuncture to enhance the treatment. The formula will be specifically tailored for your condition, using powdered herbal formulae making them much easier to take.
Are The Needles Sterile?
The practitioners at the clinic use pre-sterilised single-use disposable acupuncture needles of the finest quality.
What Response Can I Expect From Acupuncture Treatment?
After treatment, you will usually feel a sense of general well-being and relaxation. Although individual responses vary, most people experience an improvement in sleep, digestion and energy levels. Some people experience a mild exacerbation of symptoms after the first treatment, but this does subside and will be followed by an improvement in the condition over subsequent treatments. Book your Acupuncture in Brisbane free mini consultation here.
What Can I Do To Assist My Acupuncture Consult?
Wear loose fitting clothing for acupuncture treatment and do not eat a heavy meal or consume alcohol before or after a treatment. After treatment, it is best to avoid vigorous exercise.
In general, a lifestyle, which includes a nutritious balanced diet, regular exercise, and adequate rest and relaxation, are essential ingredients for maintaining health.
How Many Consultations Will I Need?
The number and frequency of treatments depends on how severe and long-standing the condition is, and how well each patient responds to therapy. A course of ten treatments will generally provide lasting relief for most chronic ailments. However, some acute problems may only require a single treatment, and some degenerative problems may need on going treatments. You will be given some idea of how you should respond in your initial consultation, and certainly experience an improvement in your first few treatments.
Are There Side Effects?
Because acupuncture regulates dysfunction, there are seldom any side effects from treatment. In a few cases some symptoms may seem worse for a day or so before they improve, this is a positive sign. Usually most people feel very relaxed after a treatment with a sense of well being that may last for days. In other cases seemingly unrelated symptoms may disappear without direct treatment.
Is Acupuncture Suitable For Children Or The Elderly?
Yes, age is not a barrier with Acupuncture. Children respond very well to acupuncture and can be treated from day one on. It is very effective for childhood issues. For a baby Shoni shin (children’s acupuncture) is used which is a form of massage using specially design instruments, moxa and cupping. Acupuncture treatment of elderly persons can improve their overall feeling of well being so they recover from many age related conditions.
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat and prevent disease.
It has remained intact due to its unique understanding of the laws of nature, the Dao. Acupuncture draws on the past and present to design treatments and approaches to health which return that ‘spark’ to live rather than just being symptom free.
The Art of acupuncture is like any other art that improves with practice and understanding and an enquiring mind. It is more than just inserting fine needles into the body at defined points. It is understanding that every person who receives acupuncture is unique and their treatment should also be unique.
There are roughly 360 acupuncture points on the human body and another 150 in the ear and these are just some of the points of acupuncture. Understanding the point combinations is very complex and takes many years to really understand deeply.
A teacher once said, “Western Medicine is hard to learn but easy to practice, and Chinese Medicine is easy to learn but difficult to practice”. Even though this over-simplifies both systems, there is a great truth that lies beneath these words. Western medicine is based on the science of the lab and Chinese medicine is based on the science of observing and understanding how life moves, unfolds, develops and declines. It is not a static medicine, it needs to change and evolve with the patient and that is the art of acupuncture.