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Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which originated in China over 5,000 years ago. This science and art of healing has become widely accepted over the past three decades. It has now been established as a profession in Australia and has proved to be safe and effective.

Acupuncture is aform of natural healing which has the following major benefits:

- drug-free pain relief

- assists prevention againes disease

- treats the cause as well as the symptoms

- holistic approach to illness, linking body, mind and emotions

- effectively treats many common ailments

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The goal of acupuncture therapy is to establish a healthier state of body function and to increase the capacity to cope with stress,

The human body can be likened to a highly complex electrical circuit. Like any electrical circuit, it must be kept in good working order if it is to function effectively. If the human circuit breaks down the result is illness.

Each person has an energy circulation. To mantain good health, it is essential for body's energy, as well as the blood, to circulate in a continuous and unobstructed manner. The patjways through which the energy flows are called meridians and these circulate through the rgans and tissues of the body. The energy which flows along the meridians is called Qi (Chi). These meridians were mapped out by the ancient Chinese. Modern technological methods such as Kirlian photography, electronic, and thermal readings are now being used to detect these meridians.

There are over 500 acupuncture points and there lie along the meridians. By stimulating these points with needles, the quality and quantity of energy (Qi) and fluids can be normalised. Often an area or acupuncture point is warmed and stimulated by a Chinese herb. This process os called Moxibustion. Suction cups and massage may also be utilised to enhance the treatment.

HOW CAN ACUPUNCTURE HELP ME?

There are three main ways where acupuncture therapy can help.

1. Treating specific disorders to provide relief of symptoms and reduce complications. Acupuncture is also used to treat the cause of the disorder and reduce the likelihood of its recurrence.

2. Maintenance treatment of a long term problem: This is to provide a more comfortable state of health and reduce the need for medication and surgery.

3. Chinese Medicine is an effective form of preventative medicine because of its ability to detect and treat energy imblances before they lead to disease.

The earlier a disorder is detected the better, so regular check-ups are recommended.

HOW MANY TREATMENTS DO I NEED?

The number and frequency of treatments depends on serveral factors. These include the duration and intersity of your prenent disorder. Your age, constitution, and individual circumstances, such as your desired health goal, are also taken into account.

Traditional Chinese Medicine recognise you as a complex blend of body, mind and emotion. During the first visit, your practitioner is concerned with all aspects of your health. Details of your medical, surgical and family history and other relevant information such as exercise habits and occupation are collected. A general physical examination is conducted and the tongue and pulse are studied.

This allows an overall assessment of your current disorder, and gives an understanding of its cause. Your acupuncturist can then give you a general idea of how many treatments are required.

WHAT DOES ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?

There is a wide range of disorders that can be treated.

You are advised to consult your acupuncturist for an opinion.

The The World Health Organisation (December 1979) recognises a number of disorders that have been successfully treated by acupuncture.

1. MUSCULO-SKELETAL SYSTEM
Osteoarthritis, sciatica, lumbago, weak back, low back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, tenosynovitis, shoulder and neck pain, cervicobrachial syndrome, "frozen shoulder", "tennis elbow".

2. GYNAECOLOGICAL AND OBSTETRIC DISORDERS
Premenstrual tension, painful, heavy or irregular, or the absence of periods, abnormal uterine bleeding or discharge, hormonal disturbances, disorders associated with menopause, prolapse of the uterus or bladder, difficulty with conception, morning sickness.
 
3. PSYCHOLOGICAL
Depression, phobias, emotional disturbances, anxiety, nervousness and addictions such as smoking.

4. DIGESTIVE SYSTEM
Toothache, post-extraction pain, gingivitis, mouth ulcers, hiccough, spasms of the oesophagus, gastric and doudenal ulcers, gastric hyperacidity, gastritis, heartburn, hiatus hernia syndrome, flatulence, paralytic ileus, colitis, diarrhoea, constipation, haemorrhoids, liver and gall bladder disorders, weight control.

5. RESPIRATORY SYSTEM
Bronchial asthma, acute and chronic bronchitis, acute tonsillitis, rhinitis, sinusitis, hey fever, chronic cough, larngitis, sore throat, influenza and the common cold.

6. SKIN
Eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, nerbe rash, herpes zoster, acne, scar tissue and resultant adhesions, hair loss and dandruff.

7. URO-GENITAL SYSTEM
Cystitis, prostatitis, orchitis, low sexual vitality, urinary retemtiom, kideny disorders, nocturnal enuresis, neurogenic bladder dysfunction.

8. NEUROLOGICAL
Headaches, migraines, difficulty sleeping, nervous tension, stroke, some forms of deafness, facial and inter-costal neuralgia, trigeminal neuralgia, some forms of paralysis, sequelae of poliomyelitis, peripheral neuropathy, noises in the ears, dizziness, Meniere's disease.

9. CARDIO-VASCULAR SYSTEM
High or low blood presure, fluid retention, chest pain, angina pectoris, poor circulation, cold hands and feet, nuscle cramps.

10. EYES
Visual disorders, red, sore, itchy or watert eyes, conjunctivitis, simple cataracts, myopia in children, central retinitis.

WHAT WILL BE MY RESPONSE TO TREAMENT?

Ofter the first respomse you notice is a change in your general health. Sleep, digestion and energy often improve. Individual variations do occur; some people response quickly to treatment while others show a gradual improvement.


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