Achieving harmony and the normal flow of “qi” (or energy) in the body
Acupuncture originated in China more than 2000 years ago. Very fine, single-use, medical-grade stainless steel needles are used to stimulate anatomical points, which may be accompanied by manual manipulation, heat or electrical stimulation.
Acupuncture treatment is all about achieving harmony and the normal flow of “qi” (or energy) in the body, by stimulating acupuncture points and their related meridians to activate and enhance the body’s own self-healing power. At the core of the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine is a unique and wider view of holism: the human body as one organic part of the surrounding universe, connected with nature. By balancing the human body’s distinct yet interdependent functions, practitioners aim to eliminate disease and promote best possible health.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine is fast becoming recognised internationally as a discipline that is growing in its scientific evidence-base and can effectively complement conventional medicine treatments. In 2013 Traditional Chinese Medicine was incorporated into AHPRA, the national body that regulates and standardises mainstream health practitioners in Australia
You can expect a visit with our students to involve the use of four diagnostic methods to evaluate your presenting condition: observing/inspecting (e.g. the condition of your body in general and/or your tongue); listening & smelling (e.g. abnormal breathing and/or odours); inquiring (e.g. medical history and/or observable symptoms); and palpation (e.g. of specific body parts and/or your pulse). Acupuncture treatment involves the use of fine, sterile, single-use, medical-grade stainless steel needles which are inserted through the skin at specific points (i.e. “acupuncture points”) which run along the body’s meridians. According to Chinese medicine philosophy, meridians are a set of pathways in the body along which qi/energy flows.
The depth and angle of insertion of the acupuncture needle varies, depending upon factors such as the location of the point and the particular focus of the treatment. Treatment aims to restore the optimal flow of qi, that has been disrupted with illness-causing blockages and imbalance.
A typical acupuncture treatment may also include the use of needle-free laser acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, gently heating areas of the body using the herb moxa (i.e. the pressed “wool” of the mugwort plant), cupping, gua sha (i.e. light “scraping” with the back of a dedicated instrument for that purpose), Chinese exercises, Chinese herbal prescriptions, and dietary & lifestyle advice.