What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the most accepted complementary therapies in Australia and has gained acceptance in even conventional medicine across the Western world. Many Australian GPs may refer their patients to a registered acupuncturist.
Acupuncture involves the careful insertion of very thin solid metal needles at very specific points of the body. As a drug-free alternative, acupuncture is gaining lots of attention, especially in assisting with the treatment of chronic pain.
To practice acupuncture in Australia you need to be qualified with a Bachelor degree in a relevant Chinese Medicine subject, and then be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
How can an acupuncturist help you?
A major philosophical concept of acupuncture is that vital energy, called Qi, circulates throughout the body via a network of pathways known as meridians.
Imbalances in the flow of Qi is thought to cause illness. Acupuncturists aim to correct the flow of this vital energy to restore the body to balance and so maintain the health of this person.
Scientific research trials around the world have found that when acupuncture is performed by a skilled practitioner, it is a safe and useful treatment for many disorders.
In today’s world, people are increasingly struggling with high-stress work situations and may need help with their sleep, stress and mood. With more people sitting at desks for long periods of time and even working from home they are experiencing increased stiffness, aches and muscle pains.
Acupuncture can be a useful therapy to support your health naturally when dealing with the stresses and strains of daily life. You may want to visit an acupuncturist to have some relaxation and quiet time and improve both your body and your mind.
If you’re trying to conceive, or preparing to have a baby, some acupuncturists specialise in fertility treatments for both men and women. As a complementary therapy, acupuncture can have a wide range of uses to support your health and wellbeing in combination with Western treatments.