Acupuncture provided by a ‘registered acupuncturist’, is unique solely to the Chinese medicine profession. One of the oldest healthcare modalities still in practice today, dating back thousands of years in China and most recently the rest of the world.
An alternative natural medicine, Acupuncture offers a preventative approach toward primary healthcare today. Its focus is on optimising and strengthening an individual’s general health and well-being, while treating not only the symptoms of illness, rather treating the root cause of the disease.
During the initial consultation, practitioners will take a case history by interviewing the patient about their current health concerns, past health conditions and a range of related matters. Including dietary intake, lifestyle habits, sleep patterns, appetite, menstrual cycle, stress reactions, food and other sensitivities. The practitioner will also observe and note other health indicators such as the colour of the face, the condition of the tongue, the sound of the voice and the characteristics of the radial pulse of the wrists.
Treatment commences once assessment and diagnosis are complete, explained to the patient and their consent is gained. The duration of the treatment and the type of technique used will vary according to both the patient’s condition and the practitioner’s mode of treatment.
Additional techniques may include remedial massage, moxibustion, cupping, Chinese herbal medicine, corrective exercises and rehabilitation, dietetics and lifestyle therapy.
Acupuncture involves the gentle insertion of fine, single-use, sterile Acupuncture needles, into specific locations on the body called Acupuncture points. Needle insertion is quick and relatively pain free, inducing a state of complete relaxation, returning the body to a state of equilibrium and optimal function. Many people feel a small transient sting as the acupuncture needles are inserted, this sensation disappears almost immediately, with some experiencing a dull distending sensation throughout the treatment.
Acupuncture stimulates the nerve pathways of the body, helping to regulate energy input and expenditure, while improving the circulation of lymph and blood within the vessels; producing ‘feel good’ endorphins within the brain, providing fast and effective ‘drug-free pain relief’.
The many positive effects associated with acupuncture can be long-lasting, some lasting a few days to a few weeks and beyond. The more regularly that one undertakes acupuncture, the longer the long-term beneficial effects will be. It is due to this compounding nature, that acupuncture has been known to have its strongest and most beneficial effect on the body, termed preventative medicine.
Scientific research studies have shown that Acupuncture may be used effectively in the treatment of a wide range of conditions, from musculoskeletal injury and pain, breathing difficulties, gastrointestinal issues, organ disease, mental health and addiction issues, stress, anxiety and depression, and sexual/reproductive health concerns.
National registration for the Chinese medicine profession was introduced from 1 July 2012 to ensure the safety and protection of the general public, by regulating the practice and ensuring the highest standards of education.
It is important to note that the Health Practitioner National Law Act (National Law) only allows practitioners registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA) to use the title of ‘Registered Acupuncturist’.
Following an acupuncture treatment, some individuals may experience minor side-effects that are mild and self-correcting, such as light-headedness, localised tingling and occasionally minor bruising due to the nature of skin penetration.
Always consult a Registered Acupuncturist who is accredited with the profession’s peak national regulation body. This ensures you are accessing the most-qualified practitioners – the ones who really know Acupuncture and Chinese medicine.