Acupuncture treatment and also Chinese herbal medicine, are both integral parts of Chinese medicine practice, which offer a gentle way to help ease arise in your mind and body. This science and art of natural healing originated in ancient China, has evolved over at least the last 2,000 years and is still evolving. For example, as of 4.3.18 in the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials we can see over 10,000 clinical trials of acupuncture.
Acupuncture is considered safe in the hands of a well-trained practitioner and has been found to be cost effective for some conditions. The quality and quantity of research into acupuncture’s effectiveness is increasing. These days new research is ongoing in many parts of the world, the field is alive with activity and progress.
It is no longer possible to say that the effectiveness of acupuncture is because of the placebo effect, or that it is useful only for musculoskeletal pain.
Conditions with strong evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture include:
- Allergic rhinitis (perennial & seasonal)
- Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (with anti-emetics)
- Chronic low back pain
- Headache (tension-type and chronic)
- Knee osteoarthritis
- Migraine prophylaxis
- Postoperative nausea & vomiting
- Postoperative pain
Conditions with moderate evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture:
- Acute low back pain
- Acute stroke
- Ambulatory anaesthesia
- Aromatase-inhibitor-induced arthralgia
- Asthma in adults
- Back or pelvic pain during pregnancy
- Cancer pain
- Cancer-related fatigue
- Craniotomy anaesthesia
- Depression (with antidepressants)
- Dry eye
- Hypertension (with medication)
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Labor pain
- Lateral elbow pain
- Menopausal hot flushes
- Modulating sensory perception thresholds
- Neck pain
- Perimenopausal & postmenopausal insomnia
- Plantar heel pain
- Post-stroke insomnia
- Post-stroke shoulder pain
- Post-stroke spasticity
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Prostatitis pain/chronic pelvic pain syndrome
- Recovery after colorectal cancer resection
- Restless leg syndrome
- Schizophrenia (with antipsychotics)
- Shoulder impingement syndrome (early stage) (with exercise)
- Shoulder pain
- Smoking cessation (up to 3 months)
- Stroke rehabilitation
- Temporomandibular pain
A Little More About Our Acupuncture Treatments
Acupuncture treatment offers a holistic approach to illness, linking the body, mind and emotions.
Acupuncture treatment and Chinese herbs may be used on their own or can complement other treatments that you may be having.
We use only sterile, pre-packaged disposable needles.
Low-level laser therapy may be utilized instead of acupuncture needles for certain conditions.
How frequently and how many acupuncture treatment is required varies widely depending upon your individual circumstances. Factors we take into account include the duration and intensity of your illness, your age, constitution and your desired goal. Please see our Acupuncture FAQ for more details or call us on 02 9560 1100 for more details.
Most people experiencing acupuncture treatment for the first time are surprised to discover how relaxing it is and may report that they have a ‘greater sense of well-being’. Some of our clients feel the need to rest for a while after their treatment, while others may experience high energy. Both of these responses are common and normal – your body is adjusting to treatment. If you can give yourself permission to listen to your body it will help assist positive treatment outcomes.