Medical Acupuncture (Laser/Needle)
We strongly emphasise that medical acupuncture is totally different from dry needling which is commonly found with other non-doctor practitioners. Medical Acupuncture can only be done by a trained doctor in the field of acupuncture who has specialised knowledge of nervous system channels. AMAC (Australian Medical Acupuncture College) is the awarding college to train doctors with special interest in Acupuncture.
Medical Acupuncture is an alternative medicine which is well recognised now in the Western world. Extensive studies all over the world now confirm the efficacy of acupuncture for a lot of illnesses, especially the musculoskeletal system – that are chronic pains of muscle and joint origins. But we are offering much more than only acupuncture. We have brought in laser machines for acupuncture in addition to needles which are completely painless and as effective, plus it can be used for children as well. This works especially well for people who don’t like needles.
- How Acupuncture Works
- What is the treatment regime?
- Does it hurt?
- Does it have any side effects?
- Who may not be suitable?
- What conditions can be helped and improved with acupuncture?
Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites – commonly referred to as acupuncture points, or acupoints. The most common method used to stimulate acupoints is the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin. Traditional Chinese acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely fine needles into the skin at specific “acupoints.” This may relieve pain by releasing endorphins, the body’s natural pain-killing chemicals, and by affecting the part of the brain that governs serotonin, a brain chemical involved with mood.
For acute issues, its can be 2-3 times a week and for long standing issues it can be 1 / week. The doctor will explain the possible plan depending on the condition.
Acupuncture rarely ‘hurts’. The most that people experience is a dull ache around the base of the inserted needle, or a slight tingling feeling when the needle is inserted. Points at the extremities, like toe or finger ends, can sometimes be a little sharp, but the sensation is usually brief.
Acupuncture is generally considered very safe if it’s done in a professional manner especially by a trained doctor. The doctor will usually make sure to get an appropriate history and explain any effects possible. The needle can feel like a mosquito bite with mild sensation change in the area of insertion. There might be a drop of blood after the needle is taken out, but it’s rare as the doctor won’t put the needles in a risky area. In very rare case few patients feel dizzy and light headed so generally you will be observed by the doctor. This side effects is self-limiting and rare and have happened in less than 3% of people.
The doctor will ensure before they offer acupuncture, but generally it is not suitable for pregnant ladies and epilepsy patients.
The list is exhaustive, but below are a few common conditions:
- Allergies, Asthma, Sinusitis
- Migraines / Headaches
- Joint Pain: Back Pain / Sciatica, Neck Pain / Stiffness, Hip Pains, Different Joint Osteoarthritis, Knee Pains, Shoulder Pain / Shoulder Bursitis, Jaw Pain, Elbow Pain. Hand / Wrist Pain, Ankle Pain
- Mental Health: Insomnia, Anxiety, Depression
- Other: Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Addictions, Constipation, Sexual Dysfunction, Post-Operative Recovery, Palliative Care
In addition to acupuncture (laser/needle), we have introduced in the Hunter region a special laser therapy LLLT (low level laser therapy) which has proven its benefits in treating many diseases.