A system of medicine, in which fine needles are inserted into the skin at specific points along what are considered to be lines of energy (meridians) used in the treatment of various physical and mental conditions.
When was Acupuncture developed? The Origins of Acupuncture in China can be traced back to at least 2000 years ago. Thus rendering this ancient practice one of the oldest and long-standing health care systems documented in the world. More recently Acupuncture has proven to be a safe and effective, natural solution to health care that is being utelized world wide across multiple cultural and social groups. Acupuncture approaches the concept of healing from a holistic approach, combining understanding of the functional and physical aspects of the body and attempting to regulate and dispel any abnormalities to prevent and treat illness.
How does Acupuncture work? When the body is healthy the Qi or ‘energy’ of the person is flowing freely throughout the network of meridians ( the bodies motorway of invisible channels covering the body). When the flow of energy becomes stuck in a certain place or there isn’t enough energy to keep the flow stead, then the body falls out of harmony and consequently pain/disease or illness ensues. There is many causes of an imbalance of Qi. This can include overwork, poor diet, stress, lifestyle factors, excessive consumption, disease and genetic predisposition, weather and environmental conditions. These blockages or deficiencies can be observed by the practitioner to determine the signs and symptoms and diagnosis.
What happens when you get an Acupuncture treatment? Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific sites (acupuncture points) along the body's meridians to clear energy blockages and encourage the normal flow of qi through the individual. The practitioner may also stimulate the acupuncture points using other methods, including moxibustion, cupping, laser therapy, electro-stimulation and massage, in order to re-establish the flow of qi.
Acupuncture vs Dry needling There is often confusion between the definition and application of these two therapies; Acupuncture and Dry needling. Whilst Dry needling is a westernized term for trigger point acupuncture, the complex nature of Acupuncture works not only on these superficial points, but also within a system of internal and meridian based models. Whilst Dry Needling and Acupuncture may seem like the same thing to many, it is essential that when you are seeking out Acupuncture you are getting what you paid for. Many alternative health practitioners are now offering ‘Acupuncture’ as a part of their skill set. With the introduction of medical registration for Acupuncturists in 2012 it is now easier to seek out qualified and registered practitioners. You can check this on www.ahpra.go.au to assure your practitioner is a certified and registered Acupuncturist. For more information on Acupuncture and Dry needling follow the link below.