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What is acupuncture and how does it work?

Acupuncture Melbourne

According to Oriental medicine, a person’s health is influenced by the circulation of “qi” (body’s life force) and blood in the body. The pathways through which qi (pronounced “chee”) flows are called Meridians, and these circulate throughout the organs and tissues of the body.



 Acupuncture works on the premise that when this natural flow becomes obstructed, ill-health arises!


Acupuncture involves the stimulation of acupuncture points along the body’s meridians to clear energy blockages and allow the normal flow of qi. With an inadequate supply of qi, the body fails to maintain balance and disease and illness follow.

Meridians were originally mapped out by the ancient Chinese but modern technologies such as Kirlian photography, electronic and thermal readings are now used to detect them.



What health problems can acupuncture treat?

Conditions Acupuncture Treat


The World Health Organisation recognises a number of diseases and conditions that have been successfully treated by Chinese Medicine, including:



Neurological Conditions:

nervous tension, sleeping problems, headaches, migraine, stress, tinnitus, dizziness, numbness, pins, needles

Respiratory Conditions:

hay fever, tonsillitis, sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis, influenza, common cold, cough

Gynaecological & Obstetric Disorders:

infertility, morning sickness, induction, post-operative pain, menopausal symptoms, painful or irregular menstruation, premenstrual tension, endometriosis, abnormal uterine bleeding or discharge, cystitis.

Psychological Conditions:

depression, anxiety, irritability, nervousness, hyperactivity, emotional stress, addictions (e.g. smoking).

Cardiovascular Disorders:

poor circulation, high/low blood pressure, fluid retention, chest pain

Digestive disorders:

nausea vomiting, constipation, diarrhoea, heartburn, flatulence, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, ulcerative colitis, loss of appetite, indigestion, weight control, toothache, gastritis, colic.

Musculoskeletal Disorders:

headache, migraine, osteoarthritis, sciatica, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, slow healing wounds, shoulder & neck pain, back pain, sporting injuries.

Other Disorders:

eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, acne, rashes, low libido, bladder dysfunction, kidney disorders, visual disorders, conjunctivitis, red, sore, itchy or watery eyes.


Does acupuncture hurt?

Treatment by acupuncture. The doctor uses needles for treatment of the patient.It is a common misconception that acupuncture is painful but this is not the case.

The disposable needles we use are very fine (as thin as hair) and of high quality. The initial sensation of insertion is similar to a mosquito bite. Once the needle is applied some local tingling or gentle pulsing is felt which indicates that qi is present and working.



What techniques are used in acupuncture?

Acupuncturist Burning Moxa Stimulation of acupuncture points can be achieved by numerous methods:

  • Insertion of very fine, sterile disposable needle into an acupuncture point.
  • Moxibustion uses the herb Artemesia to gently warm points and muscles.
  • Cupping-suction cups assist with respiratory problems and loosen tight muscles.
  • Electro-stimulation (similar to laser acupuncture).
  • Herbal Medicines- may be provided for continued therapeutic results


What training and education do acupuncturists receive?

Qualified acupuncture practitioners are educated in Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, as well as Western bio-medical sciences.

They are professionally trained to safely and effectively treat a wide range of health conditions with the use of acupuncture.

After study, practitioners must pass the Victorian Registration Board and AACMA’s (Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association) stringent entry requirements and are bound by professional Code of Ethics and contemporary standards of healthcare practice.


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