What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture patient with needles in shoulder treating pain

Acupuncture revealed

Acupuncture has its roots in Eastern philosophy. This treatment stimulates self-healing and promotes health. From an Eastern perspective, when energy is flowing freely around the body, balanced health is maintained. This energy is called Qi (pronounced chee) and flows in pathways called channels.

When Qi is blocked or stagnant, there is an energetic imbalance causing ill health. At certain points on the body, this energy can be manipulated and the smooth flow restored. Most commonly Acupuncturists do this by placing fine needles in specific points at a particular depth on the body. Energetic flow can also be restored using different techniques such as Moxibustion, Cupping & Gua Sha.

Acupuncture styles

Different styles of Acupuncture are practiced alone or in combination. A fully qualified Acupuncturist will be able to talk about their training, the style or combination of styles they practise and the benefits and differences between each style. In clinic I integrate styles of Acupuncture to maximise results. These include TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Master Tung & Balance Method. I am also trained in Western Medical Acupuncture where the focus of treatment is on musculoskeletal dysfunction, chronic pain, dry needling and treating trigger & motor points. 

Acupuncture is evolving

In recent years Acupuncture techniques have been popularised by Western clinicians. The practice has been adapted and evolved to incorporate knowledge of Western anatomy, physiology and more recently Neuro-physiology. This is called Western Medical Acupuncture and sometimes ‘dry needling’. This style can be effective in treating many conditions.

Healthcare insurance schemes such as BUPA and PPP recognise Acupuncture treatment and may pay for a course of treatment. Please check the details of your policy with your health care provider.

What are the needles like?

The needles used are ultra-fine and are nothing like hypodermic needles used by doctors or the dentist. The needles are sterile, single-use and disposable. I am trained to know where is safe to needle and where must be avoided.

Needles are usually placed on the body, head and hands. The following videos explain common sensations felt during treatment and what the needles are like and where they are placed.

Acupuncture needles in packet with blue holders


Is Acupuncture Painful?
What are the needles like and where do the needles go?

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