Jacinta Shilling B.Sc.(Nsg), Adv.Dip.TCM (Aust), Cert TCM (China)
Acupuncture originated in China as part of the integrated healthcare system known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which dates back over 5000 years. The principle objective of acupuncture is to promote the the free flow of energy (Qi) and blood (Xue) throughout the body to achieve and maintain good health.
Acupuncture points (Acupoints) our found along pathways known as meridians through which the energy and blood circulate around the body. Stimulation of these points with the insertion of very fine, sterile needles helps activate the energy in the meridians to remove blockages and re-establish free flow.
In some cases the acupoints may be warmed by a process called Moxibustion. This involves the burning of a chinese herb held at a safe distance above the skin to send a subtle warmth through the acupoint and into the meridian. There are many other techniques to stimulate acupoints and meridians including cupping and tuina chinese massage.
Acupuncture when performed by a qualified professional is a safe and effective therapeutic technique with many benefits:
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognizes a wide variety of disorders that have been effectively treated by acupuncture including:
For the full list of disorders treated by acupuncture, journal articles and modern research, log on to www.acupuncture.org.au.
Acupuncture consultations are covered by most major health funds.