Understanding Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is like looking into the history and philosophy of the Chinese people and their culture. The practise has been longstanding for over 2,000 years; with much written and interpretation from archaeological findings of ancient texts.
By 1970 the World Health Organisation has recognised and supported TCM as China opened its door to the West, hence the practice of TCM including acupuncture is now practiced world-wide. Here, in Australia there is a governing body called Chinese Medicine Board of Australia that oversees all TCM practitioners. This ensures that practitioners are properly accredited and must be registered in order to be practising this modality. It is always advisable to check if your chosen practitioner is registered in the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia.
There are three main branches which stems from TCM, that is, Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, and Qigong. Acupuncture has its own system of diagnosing which combines with Western anatomy and physiology to make an assessment of the body’s condition. The most common method of diagnosis is via the tongue, pulse, demeanour of the client plus good intuition from the practitioner.
How does Acupuncture work?
Involving the superficial insertion of extremely fine needles into specific points on the body, acupuncture switches on the body’s natural response systems to return a person to good health. The more traditional Chinese explanation of acupuncture is based around the philosophy that individuals must maintain a state of balance or equilibrium of their Qi or energy flow within themselves and in relation to their environment to be of optimal health.
How is equilibrium or balanced restored?
The acupuncturist understands the pathways of energy flow called Meridians throughout the body. Meridians carry nourishment, oxygen, information to all parts of the body. Acupuncture helps to release any blockages or stuck Qi anywhere in the body causing ailments.
Are there any side effects?
If there are blockages anywhere, there will be symptoms of pain or inflammation. Acupuncture, when releasing these blockages, will help relief the symptoms quickly. Occasionally it may appear that the symptoms are worst, but generally settles quickly as the body corrects itself to a more balanced state.
Does acupuncture only involve using needles?
The principle method is the use of disposable fine needles. Sometimes Moxibustion, cupping, herbal supplements or dietary and life style changes are also needed.
What can acupuncture treat?
According to TCM, all pain stems from what is known as stagnation of the qi and blood in that particular region. If left untreated, it becomes inflamed or swelling occurs. After more time lapse, the region may manifest into physical hardening such as cysts, fibroid, tumour, cholesterol, stones and many other names. In order to relief the pain or prevent further stagnation from happening, acupuncture sets about dispersing the stagnation thereby stimulates the circulation to the injured site and relieving the symptoms.
Therefore, keeping this concept in mind, acupuncture will be able to address any disorders of the body. The earlier the symptom is addressed the better the outcome. Our body is considered our barometer. This means we need to pay attention to what it is telling us that needs attention. Often we ignore these subtle signs until a dis-ease is manifested. It is recommended to consider early treatments as preventative or to prevent further deterioration.
This clinic specializes in various gynaecological problems and fertility issues. Sadly to say, it is becoming more prevalent in addressing fertility in women and men. Common problems treated, most times successfully are for infertility, or as a support for IVF programs, acupuncture induction for whatever the reason may be, pregnancy discomforts such as nausea/vomiting, and many more complaints. Another common area is treating menopausal symptoms, quite successfully with acupuncture and/or herbal supplements if necessary.
Other areas can also be addressed such as musculo-skeletal complaints, mental/depression or anxiety issues, digestion, or general well-being preventative.
Treatments can take up to an hour, cost $75 each
Acupuncture is able to address all physical, emotional or mental issues. For further inquiry please contact this clinic.
A very good and understandable intro to Feng Shui. A well spend Sunday morning!