Acupuncture is a treatment modality based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, tracing back 3000 years ago. As early as 1880s, acupuncture has been considered as a complementary and alternative medicine in Australia and is now integrated into the modern health-care system.
Acupuncture takes a holistic approach to health and regards illness as a sign that the body is out of balance. The exact pattern and degree of imbalance is unique to each individual. The acupuncturist’s skill lies in identifying the precise nature of the underlying disharmony and selecting the most effective treatment. The choice of acupuncture points will be specific to each patient’s needs.
Modern research shows that acupuncture can help relieve pain by:
A randomized trial run in the emergency department in three local Australian hospitals implicated that acupuncture is safe, acceptable and has an analgesic effect comparable with that of pharmacotherapy. The report of this trial, published in The Medical Journal of Australia on June 2017, concluded that the effectiveness of acupuncture in providing acute analgesia for patients with back pain and ankle sprain was comparable with that of pharmacotherapy.
Pre-sterilised disposable needles are used. Depending on the location of the treatment, patient will either sit or lie down. Properly done, acupuncture is painless because the needles are very fine (between 0.16 to 0.3 mm wide). When the needles are inserted, patient may feel mild tingling around the site, warmth or heaviness, or even nothing at all.
Number of acupuncture treatment sessions needed depends on the condition. In most cases, people experience a reduction in symptoms within a few sessions. The idea of acupuncture is to restore the natural balance of energy inside your body. Once the balance is restored, the body can take care of itself and no further treatments are necessary.