Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which originated in China over 5,000 years ago. In 1997, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) documented and publicized acupuncture’s safety and efficacy for treating a wide range of conditions.
Acupuncture is a form of natural healing which has the following major benefits:
Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites–commonly referred to as acupuncture points. The most common method used to stimulate acupuncture points is the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin, along the body’s energy pathways (meridians) to clear energy blockages and encourage the normal flow of energy, or Qi, through the body.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on an ancient philosophy that describes the universe, and the body, in terms of two opposing forces: yin and yang. When these forces are in balance, the body is healthy. Energy, called “qi” flows along specific pathways, called meridians, throughout the body. This constant flow of energy keeps the yin and yang forces balanced. However, if the flow of energy gets blocked, like water getting stuck behind a dam, the disruption can lead to pain, lack of function, or illness. Acupuncture can release blocked qi in the body and stimulate function, evoking the body’s natural healing response through various physiological systems. Modern research has demonstrated acupuncture’s effects on the nervous system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system. By stimulating the body’s various systems, acupuncture can help to resolve pain, and improve sleep, digestive function, and sense of well-being.
The number and frequency of treatments depends on several factors. These include 1) the duration and intensity of your present disorder; 2) your age; 3) constitution; 4) individual circumstances, such as your desired health goal, are taken into account.
Much research has demonstrated that patients with acute pain respond extremely well to acupuncture treatment (approximately 6-10 treatments) and that chronic conditions require more treatment with significant improvement in symptoms. Patients who had taken analgesics before acupuncture therapy were able to either discontinue them completely, or reduce their doses dramatically. Most patients are experiencing extremely relaxation during and after Acupuncture.
1. Muscular-Skeletal Disorders
Neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, back (top, middle and low), hip, knee and ankle pain, muscles crammed, stiffed and sports injuries.
Cervicobrachial Syndrome, Frozen Shoulder, Tennis Elbow, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Sciatica, Tendinitis, Arthritis.
2. Sporting Injuries
Sprained Ankles and Knees, Cartilage Problems, tearing of Muscles, torn Ligaments and Bruises.
Headaches (Migraine and Tension), Prevention of Stroke, Post Stroke Syndrome, Numbness in Arms, Hands, Fingers, Legs and Feet.
Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, and Emotional disorders
5. Gynaecological and Obstetric Disorders
Premenstrual Tension, Painful, Heavy or Irregular, or the absence of Periods, PMS, Prolapse of Uterus or Bladder, Menopause, Infertility, IVF Support, Breast Feeding Deficiency.
6. Body Immune System Adjustment and improvement of overall well-being
Asthma, catch cold easily, poor blood circulation, body weakness, fatigue.
7. Skins Diseases
Psoriasis, Eczema, Acne
8. Weight Loss
Large abdominal area (big belly)
Acupuncture is a complementary medical practice. It consists of the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points shown to be effective in alleviating pain or to help treat various health conditions.
Electroacupuncture is a form of acupuncture where a small electric current is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles. According to some acupuncturists, this practice augments the use of regular acupuncture, can restore health and well-being and is particularly good for treating pain.
Moxibustion or Moxa is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves burning an herb called Mugwort, to promote healing. Practitioners use moxa to warm body regions and acupuncture points along the meridians. The purpose of moxa is to stimulate the flow of qi and blood, stimulate the internal systems (digestive, respiratory, gynecological, etc) boost overall immune function and maintain general health.
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine. Therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
Guasha (scraping) Caulfield
Gua sha is a natural, alternative therapy. Practitioners scrap your skin with a massage tool to stimulate microcirculation of the soft tissue, which increases blood flow and improves your circulation. Gua sha also is thought to help break up this energy, reduce inflammation, relieve chronic pain and promote healing.
Magnetic Therapy Caulfield
Magnetic therapy is an alternative therapy that uses magnets of varying sizes and strengths that are placed on the body to relieve pain and treat disease. Magnetic fields are thought to stimulate metabolism, increase the amount of oxygen available to cells, and create a less acidic environment within the body in order to cause bones to heal faster, relieve pain and induce other therapeutic effects. It is most commonly recommended by practitioners as a cure for joint disorders and back problems. Conditions diagnosed or treated include arthritis, cancer, circulatory disorders, diabetic neuropathy (nerve disease), fibromyalgia, HIV/AIDS, immune dysfunction, infection, inflammation, insomnia, multiple sclerosis, muscle pain, neuropathy, pain, rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica, stress and to increase energy and prolong life.
Chinese Acupressure Massage Caulfield
Chinese acupressure massage is derived from the ancient medicinal art of acupuncture, according to ancient Chinese medicine, the health or illness of the body depends on the flow of vital energy, called Qi (or Ki), throughout the body. This energy passes through a network of “meridians” in the body. These meridians have been meticulously mapped out by Chinese acupuncturists. Aside from the 12 primary meridians which are associated with the vital organs, there are hundreds of minor meridians as well. By inserting needles in the proper meridians, an acupuncturist balances the flow of Qi. This, in turn, is believed to relieve the symptoms of many disorders. As the name implies, the difference between acupuncture and acupressure is that instead of inserting needles, an acupressure massage therapist applies pressure to the meridians of Qi. He may do this in one or more of several ways, depending on his assessment of your needs.
For acute pain or injuries, you may notice that the pain will be relieved immediately after your acupuncture treatment, or within 24 to 48 hours.
For chronic pain, there are three types of possible reactions after acupuncture treatment.
1) Pain is relieved immediately or within 24 to 48 hours, however it will be back after couple of days;
2) Pain is not fully relieved after the first acupuncture treatment, but will be after the second or third treatment. However it comes and goes until the 6th to 8th treatment. After this, the improvement will be steady.
3) Some patients find that their pain may become worse for a short time after acupuncture. However it will be followed by an improvement, so temporary worsening pain is not a bad sign.
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Centre 4 Health
368B Hawthorn Road