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What is Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a complex system of diagnosis that views the person as a whole. Acupuncture is practiced based on discerning the "pattern of disharmony" and treating accordingly. Modern acupuncturists utilise other modalities such as herbal medicine, moxibustion, corrective exercises, nutrition, meditation, breathing exercises and more.

Acupuncture is the insertion of hair-fine needles into the skin and body tissues. They are inserted into any one or more of a number of acupuncture points (there are over 350 acupuncture points in the human body) for the purpose of stimulating a physiological response. The response solicited by the acupuncture treatment is focused on balancing the body's systems which will in turn aid the body in functioning properly.

The sensation created by the insertion of each needle should only be one of heaviness. Often this heaviness may be felt over regions of the body which are connected to each other by what we refer to as Meridians. These are the roadways through which your body's energy flows. We also offer Laser Acupuncture for the highly sensitive and/or children. Laser Acupuncture involves no sensation what so ever, however, its therapeutic results may take longer to manifest.

Acupuncture is a primary healthcare modality that has been around for at least 2500 years and is used widely throughout the world. Acupuncture is considered safe and effective. Acupuncture is now practiced in many countries around the world, Australia is one of the leaders in its usage. Today in Australia the minimum education requirement is a four-year tertiary education with a China placement for furthering education.

How does Acupuncture Work

Acupuncture is a therapy that uses the insertion of fine needles to specific points on the body along the meridians (energy channels of the body), that cross the body. As long as the energy flows freely through these pathways, health is maintained. When the flow of energy is distributed for any reason, there is a disruption in health, resulting in pain or illness. By stimulating appropriate acupuncture points along these meridians, the energy is regulated, and health is restored.

What should you expect during treatment

Most patients find the treatment very relaxing, most are surprised to find out how comfortable they are during an acupuncture treatment and how easily and painlessly the needles are inserted. Some patients even go to sleep during treatment. A patient may feel a sensation upon insertion and pressure or a "dull" reaction when the needle reaches the correct depth of the point. The needles are far different (smaller and thinner) from hypodermic needles. Many acupuncture needles can fit in the head of a hypodermic needle.

Is Acupuncture Safe
One of the great advantages of Acupuncture is the absence of adverse side effects. Needles generally cause no bleeding or pain, and all Australian (AACMA) practitioners today use single-use disposable needles only. There is a minimal risk of organ penetration, from incorrect insertion. Acupuncturists are trained in exact acupuncture location, angle as well as the depth of insertion of the acupuncture needle to avoid any injuries. Rodd and David have extensive training in the study of Human Anatomy and Physiology, which greatly assists in the practice of Acupuncture.
How many treatments are needed?.
This is a tough question, for any medical theory/tradition, each person is unique in so many different ways and will respond to their treatments differently. Length of treatment depends on many factors such as type, severity, and duration of the condition. In general, however, a patient should notice changes to their condition within 4 weeks for chronic conditions, and much sooner for acute conditions. If no changes are noticed within this time period, please discuss this with your practitioner. It may be that your condition is unusually tenacious, or there may be a need to modify some aspects of the treatment. Always talk to your practitioner about your concerns. We are here to listen to those concerns and put your mind at ease. There are many tools and techniques at our disposal. With your invaluable input, we can work together to improve your health.

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