• Acupuncture for health

  • Acupuncture is a form of wholistic healing and health support with its foundations in ancient Chinese Medicine. The theory recognises illness or discomfort as an imbalance of a person's Qi (chee) or Life Force and this affects the body, mind and spirit. The process aims to rebalance this energy by encouraging the body to heal itself.

    When to see an acupuncturist

    Acupuncture works in lots of areas - acute and chronic pain management, allergies, anxiety, fertility, IVF support and antenatal / post natal care. However, you don't need to feel sick or be in pain before you seek an acupuncture treatment. Just like a car needs a regular tune up, so does your body, especially during seasonal or lifestyle changes. Acupuncture will help you manage stress and make you less susceptible to common illnesses. Acupuncture is now widely accepted as a successful form of treatment for many conditions and can reduce the need for ongoing medications and sometimes, invasive surgery.

    How acupuncture is performed

    Special needles are applied through the skin into specific 'channel' points of the body, with each point having its own therapeutic benefits. The needles are inserted into the skin and muscles at various depths - as is appropriate for that particular area of the body. For example, a needle in the wrist area will not need to be as applied as deep as one on a thigh point. Acupuncture encourages your body to adjust itself back to balance by encouraging and aiding the clearance of Qi blockages. It fills what is empty, strengthen what is weak and drains what is in excess. In this way, acupuncture can assist in reducing pain and swelling throughout the body, assist digestion and gastrointestinal motility, help to reduce stress and anxiety, and balance the circulation of blood, fluids and hormones.

    Does acupuncture hurt?

    If the needles are inserted swiftly into the skin, then the most you will feel is a tiny pinch. Acupuncture needles are very fine and are actually much thinner than hypodermic needles. Once inserted, you may feel sensations such as heaviness or distention, tingling, fluttering or tightening around the needle. Sometimes there will be 'referred' sensations along a meridian (e.g. leg, arm) to a completely different area of your body - for example a needle in a particular leg points might produce a gentle reaction in your stomach. These sensations may feel unusual, but it means that the needles are working at making the body re-adjust to a healthy balance.

    Health fund rebates

    Most private health insurers will give rebates since acupuncture is provided for as an option in many extras packages - but naturally it will depend on your personal level of cover. It is always best to check with your health fund provider directly.