Acupuncture

Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine sterile needles into specific sites (acupoints) located along the meridians. Stimulating these acupoints the energy blockages are cleared and the normal flow of Qi can be promoted so to relieve pain and discomfort.

Interesting Analysis:
  • Individual patient data meta-analysis of 17,922 patients treated with acupuncture for chronic pain found: significant differences between true and sham acupuncture indicate that acupuncture is more than a placebo. Vickers AJ, Cronin AM, Maschino AC, Lewith G, MacPherson H, Foster NE, et al. Acupuncture for chronic pain: individual patient data meta-analysis. Archives of internal medicine. 2012;172(19):1444-53.
  • Acupuncture has lasting effects on pain: A review of 6,376 patients with chronic pain found that: • 90% of the pain-relieving benefits of acupuncture persisted 12 months after treatment. MacPherson H, Vertosick EA, Foster NE, Lewith G, Linde K, Sherman KJ, et al. The persistence of the effects of acupuncture after a course of treatment: A meta- analysis of patients with chronic pain. Pain. 2016.
  • Acupuncture is effective for Acute and Chronic Pain:

    Acupuncture For Chronic Pain

    Individual patient data meta-analysis of 17,922 patients treated with acupuncture for chronic pain found:

    • Acupuncture is effective for chronic pain
    Vickers AJ, Cronin AM, Maschino AC, Lewith G, MacPherson H, Foster NE, et al. Acupuncture for chronic pain: individual patient data meta-analysis. Archives of internal medicine. 2012;172(19):1444-53.

    US VA Evidence Map of Acupuncture (2014) found:

    • Acupuncture demonstrates“Evidence of positive effect” for chronic pain
    Hempel S, Taylor SL, Solloway MR, Miake-Lye IM, Beroes JM, Shanman R, et al. VA Evidence-based Synthesis Program Reports. Evidence Map of Acupuncture. Washington (DC): Department of Veterans Affairs; 2014

    Acupuncture is effective for acute pain

    Acute Pain Management: Scientific Evidence (Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and Faculty of Pain Medicine) found NHMRC Level I evidence for acupuncture for:

    • Labour pain

    • Oocyte retrieval pain (Egg collection during IVF)

    • Primary dysmenorrhoea

    • Tension-type headaches

    • Migraine

    • Postoperative pain

    • Back pain

    • Acute burns pain

    Schug SA, Palmer GM, Scott DA, Halliwell R, Trinca J. Acute pain management: scientific evidence, fourth edition, 2015. The Medical journal of Australia. 2016;204(8):315-7.

 

 

What we can offer

Patients have the choice of the standard Acupuncture process and the Laser Acupuncture process. The difference being that Laser Acupuncture is a pain-free and non-invasive method, which can be administered in sensitive patients such as children, the elderly, those with skin problems of whom can’t withstand any discomfort, and anyone who is apprehensive in receiving acupuncture.

How Acupuncture can help you?

Acupuncture helps by strengthening and enhancing normal body functions. The immune system is regulated and your general well being is promoted. Also these meridians connect with the internal aspect of the body so when these acupoints are stimulated effectively our organs are being strengthened and good health is promoted.

Benefits of Acupuncture:

Acupuncture is not a placebo

Acupuncture has lasting effects on pain

Acupuncture is effective for chronic and acute pain

Acupuncture is a safe* treatment for various types of pain

Acupuncture is a cost-effective treatment for various types of pain

Acupuncture is often superior to usual care in treating both acute and chronic pain

How long before I feel better?

This varies with each individual. Generally, acupuncture will last 2 – 3 days, and the relief is lengthened with each treatment. After 1 course of treatment (6-10), individual assessment indicates whether there’s a need for further treatment.

Cupping and Acupuncture

You also have the choice of cupping; the cupping method is used in combination with Acupuncture. Cups are applied to soft tissue areas such as back, shoulders, and thighs. It aims to relieve muscular tension, assist in promoting blood circulation and eliminate pathogens that enter the body and cause illness. Used in the treatment of colds/ chest problems, sporting injuries, musculoskeletal disorders etc.

Book Your Appointment

To book your consultation in clinic (Surrey Hills VIC), click here.

For interstate patients you can schedule your Skype appointment on Wednesday or Friday afternoons here.