Acupuncture - an ancient healing art
Encourages the body’s natural healing abilities
Activates the body’s self-healing process
Improves the overall energy of the body
Gentle and relaxing
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the gentle insertion of very fine needles at specific points on the human body. It is an ancient healing art invented by the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners over 5000 years ago. Acupuncture has been widely used for reducing or relieving pain and other ailments. It is often successfully used as an alternative to medications or even surgery
Traditional needle acupuncture
Acupuncture has been used for various conditions traditionally. Clinical studies in China and in the west show that many more conditions may benefit from acupuncture.
Research into acupuncture as a medical treatment has grown exponentially in the past 20 years, increasing at twice the rate of research into conventional biomedicine. Over this period, there have been over 13,000 studies conducted in 60 countries, including hundreds of meta-analyses summarising the results of thousands of human and animal studies. A wide-variety of clinical areas have been studied, including pain, cancer, fertility, pregnancy, stroke, mood disorders, sleep disorders and inflammation, to name a few.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture points are the specific points located along the meridians where the Qi (pronounced “Chi”, means energy) is both concentrated and accessible.
Acupuncture engages the Qi by inserting needles at these specific points, the goal is to restore the proper flow of Qi. Each point has a predictable effect upon the vital energy passing through it and as the body regains its natural balance, well-being returns.
Lots of controlled studies both in China and West showed that acupuncture works for a variety of symptoms.
Some researchers found acupuncture stimulates the nervous system. It affects both the peripheral nerve and central nervous system.
Other researches revealed that acupuncture help brain release morphine-like substances (endorphins), which helps relieve the pain, calm and relax the body.
Acupuncture treatment not only activates distinct brain regions in different kinds of diseases caused by imbalance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic activities, but also modulates adaptive neurotransmitter in related brain regions to alleviate autonomic response.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Actually, most of our clients feel calming and relaxing during and after the treatment.
Many people shy away from acupuncture just due to “the fear of needles”. However, unlike the injection needles, everybody knows, acupuncture needles are very fine and smooth. The gauge of some needles we used in our clinic can be as little as 0.12 mm. Most people feel no pain.
When the needles are in your body (those acupuncture points), you may feel a slight sensation. They are either pressure, tightness, numbness or a sensation of heat. These sensations are called “De Qi” – feeling the energy, or “energy has arrived”. With the “De Qi” sensation, we can help adjust the energy, hence re-balance your energy.
Is acupuncture safe?
“One of the advantages of acupuncture is that the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many drugs or other accepted medical procedures used for the same condition.”
~ National Institutes of Health (NIH, America) Consensus 1997.
Acupuncture is generally considered safe when performed by an experienced, well-trained practitioner using sterile needles. Occasionally bleeding bruising or soreness may occur at the insertion sites. However, with a good acupuncturist, the risk can be reduced to minimal and usually no damage to your body.
Safety is the first priority at Almond Wellness Centre Acupuncture Chinese medicine clinics. All of our acupuncturists are well trained fully qualified and experienced practitioners.
Do you re-use the needles?
Our acupuncturists are fully qualified, conscientious practitioners. We follow strictly infectious control procedure in the clinic.
Only sterile, single-use disposable needles are used in both our Coburg and Ringwood acupuncture clinics at all time.