Acupuncture is a core capability of Applied Healing.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture therapy is an ancient method of healing.

Using very fine needles in very specific points along defined channels on the body, acupuncture offers a gentle, non-invasive therapy to improve function within the body as well as treat pain and disease.

Laser acupuncture is also offered and does not involve the use of needles and so is completely painless.  This service is especially suited for children who may be otherwise apprehensive.

Who can apply acupuncture?

Acupuncture can only be offered by Doctors of Chinese Medicine, registered by the Australian government.

Acupuncturists also use a unique method of diagnosis, developed by ancient Chinese doctors.  Through questions, and various processes they will check for imbalance in your bodily systems.

What is the origin of acupuncture?

Originating in China thousands of years ago, acupuncture was the result of the observations of highly trained scholars.  These observations resulted in a treatment regime that has prevailed.

Initially remaining an “eastern” therapy, it spread to Korea, Japan and Vietnam, eventually arriving in Europe in the 16th century to become widely used in France.  Its popularity declined slowly with the growth of Western science.

Acupuncture treatment system has again been embraced world-wide in the second half of the 20th century.  The stimulus was the successful treatment of a well-known American diplomat using acupuncture in a Chinese hospital.

Does acupuncture work?

Although acupuncture has been used in the East for thousands of years, modern science is just now understanding how it works.

As many as 4,000 studies have been conducted and report the success of acupuncture.  It is known now that acupuncture needles activate receptors within the body.  This process releases chemicals and hormones that regulate the function of internal organs.  MRI images are now also able to show the effects of acupuncture on the brain.

As the capabilities of acupuncture are being understood, so also acupuncture is being trialed in mainstream healthcare.  Recent use includes 4 Melbourne hospitals and 1 Sydney hospital, including Emergency and Oncology departments.  The purpose in these cases was mostly drug-free pain and nausea treatment.

What can you expect with acupuncture?

Your acupuncture initial consultation is usually longer and is used to fully assess the problem for which you are seeking help.

A treatment program can comprise multiple therapies also including cupping, moxibustion, tui na (a form of Chinese manipulative therapy), dietary and other treatments.  Herbal medicine and massage are often used.

Treatment regimes may begin with 6-8 visits in as many weeks, followed by 2 weekly and eventually 4 weekly maintenance for well-being.

Applied Healing is a practice committed to better health through natural processes.  If this approach is what you are seeking, please call us to arrange an initial consultation as we always welcome new patients.