Acupuncture

Acupuncture

Acupuncture

$65

HOW DO I FIND OUT IF MY  PRACTITIONER IS QUALIFIED  IN ACUPUNCTURE? 

Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners,  including acupuncturists, must be registered with  the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA)  before they are permitted to practise in their  profession. It is therefore essential that members  of the public seeking traditional Chinese medicine  services consult a practitioner who is registered  with the CMBA. All practicing AACMA members  are registered with the CMBA. 

Selecting a practitioner who is also accredited  with the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese  Medicine Association Ltd (AACMA) provides an  additional layer of safety and quality assurance.  AACMA members are held to the highest  standards of ethical and professional conduct  and, by accessing the services of these highly  qualified and experienced practitioners, you’ll  be ensuring the best possible care for yourself or  your loved ones. 

Unsure if your practitioner is a registered  acupuncturist? Look for them on the Australian  Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)  register of practitioners at www.ahpra.gov.au/ Registration/Registers-of-Practitioners.aspx. 

WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?

Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing  practices in the world. It involves the  stimulation of specific acupoints in the  body to correct imbalances in the flow  of qi (pronounced chee) or ‘life energy’  flowing through the body’s meridians.  While acupuncture is most commonly  associated with the insertion of thin solid  needles into the skin, skilled practitioners  typically employ a range of additional  techniques including moxibustion (the  burning of herbs) and cupping (the  placement of suction cups on the skin).  Acupuncture offers a unique approach  that focuses as much on optimising  health as it does on treating illness. It is  perhaps the most well-known technique  used within the broader field of traditional  Chinese medicine (TCM) which has an  uninterrupted history of development in  China and other parts of East Asia dating  back thousands of years. 

DOES IT HURT?  

Many people feel a small transient sting as the  acupuncture needles are inserted. Following an  acupuncture session, some patients may experience  minor side-effects that are mild and self-correcting,  such as lightheadedness and occasional minor  bruising.  

IS IT SAFE? 

National registration for the traditional Chinese  medicine profession was introduced from 1 July 2012  to ensure the safety and protection of the public by  regulating practice and ensuring the highest standards  of education. It’s important to be aware 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  ‘registered acupuncturist’.  

AACMA advises that not all allied health practitioners  who offer acupuncture, dry needling or trigger-point  therapy are trained to the high degree of a minimum  4 year Bachelor Degree required of registered Chinese  medicine practitioners by the national law. 

WHAT CAN ACUPUNCTURE DO FOR ME? 

Research (The Acupuncture Evidence Project) has  shown that acupuncture can be used with effectiveness  in the treatment of a wide range of conditions, from  musculoskeletal and gastrointestinal issues to mental  health, stress, reproductive and gynaecological  concerns. Acupuncture has been proven to effectively  complement the treatment of conditions such as allergic  rhinitis, knee osteoarthristis, headaches and chronic  lower back pain. Please refer to our website to download  a copy of The Acupuncture Evidence Project. 

WHAT HAPPENS AT A  TYPICAL CONSULTATION? 

The hallmark of acupuncture practice is holistic  individualised treatment. At 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 diet,  lifestyle habits, sleeping patterns, appetite, menstrual  cycle, stress reactions and food or other sensitivities. To  further identify what are known in traditional Chinese  medicine practice as ‘patterns of disharmony’ in the  body, the practitioner will 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 wrist. 

Treatment commences once assessment and diagnosis  is 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. Acupuncture is the most common technique  used and involves the insertion of very fine needles into  acupoints on the body. Other techniques may include  moxibustion, cupping and the prescription of Chinese  herbal medicine.

HOW CAN I ENSURE THE  HIGHEST STANDARD OF CARE? 

Consult a registered acupuncturist who is also accredited  with the profession’s peak national body, the Australian  Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd  (AACMA). This ensures you are accessing the best  qualified practitioners – the ones who really know  acupuncture.  

To find an AACMA member, call AACMA on 1300 725  334 or use the free online search facility located at  www.acupuncture.org.au. 

Practitioner

Dr Andrew Chambers is a nationally registered practitioner of Chinese medicine, being one of Melbourne’s pre-eminent holistic physicians.

HOME VISIT MEDICINE: ACUPUNCTURE AND CHINESE MEDICINE offers medical services at our In-clinic location (Carnegie), along with offering mobile-clinic services anywhere in Greater Melbourne (*additional charges may apply). Telehealth services are also available when deemed appropriate and/or upon request. Our promise is drug-free, medical intervention and pain relief. Our services provided for the broader community, help improve greater accessibility, while providing the highest quality medical intervention and healthcare across Melbourne.

AVAILABILITY:
IN-HOURS CARE:

M-F: 9AM-5PM SAT/SUN: 12PM-5PM

AFTER-HOURS CARE:

7 DAYS: 5PM-9PM