Achieving harmony and the normal flow of “qi” (or energy) in the body

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture treatment involves a practitioner inserting fine needles through your skin at specific points on your body, activating and enhancing your natural healing abilities.

Acupuncture originated more than 2,000 years ago and is an integral therapy in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Acupuncture treatment is about achieving harmony and the normal flow of qi (energy or life force) in your body.

Acupuncture and TCM are internationally recognised treatments that can effectively complement conventional medicine. In 2012, TCM was incorporated into AHPRA, the national body that regulates health practitioners in Australia alongside general practitioners, physiotherapists and psychologists.

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What can acupuncture treat?

Many people use acupuncture to treat pain, but it is used for overall wellbeing and a variety of health conditions, including:

Stress, anxiety and depression Headaches, including migraines Fertility and pregnancy
Gut health Arthritis Back and neck pain
Respiratory conditions like asthma Sleep

What can you expect at your appointment?

At your appointment, the senior student practitioner and supervisor will listen to your health concerns and conduct a comprehensive health assessment, which includes your medical history, present condition, and checking your tongue and pulse.

They will discuss your personalised treatment plan and, if you’re comfortable, they will get started on your acupuncture treatment.

Acupuncture treatment involves using fine, sterile, single-use, medical-grade stainless steel needles. The practitioner will insert these needles through the skin at specific points along the body’s meridians.

Acupuncture treatment may also include:

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More information

At the core of the practice of TCM is holism, viewing the body as connected with nature and the environment around it. By balancing your body’s distinct yet interdependent functions, practitioners aim to eliminate disease and promote optimal health.

After receiving acupuncture, many people become fascinated with it. If you’re inspired to learn more, the Endeavour College of Natural Health offers an acupuncture degree.

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