Acupuncture utilises very fine, single-use, sterilised needles to encourage the body’s own healing mechanisms. These needles are inserted at specifically selected points along the body, to encourage flow of blood, lymph and vital fluids throughout the body; often assimilated to the concept of ‘Qi’ (pronounced ‘chee’) in Chinese Medicine.
Where there is pain or dysfunction, the body has fallen out of ‘homeostasis’ or, balance. From an increasing number of available studies, acupuncture has been shown to regulate the natural mechanisms of the body in numerous ways including altering the brains pain-response1, immunity2 and inflammation pathways3,4 in order return the body to this state of homeostasis.
If you can imagine your body as a complex road system, when everything is flowing correctly, traffic continues to move smoothly with no problems. If there is an accident or congestion along these pathways, pain or disease can occur as things can no longer flow as they should. Acupuncture works at removing this congestion and restoring the natural rhythms of your body. This can involve treatment both at the site, and further from the site (like alternate routes, or traffic diversions).
In 2012, acupuncture became a registered medical practice in Australia, acknowledging its efficacy and place in the treatment of many conditions today. Stemming from practice in East Asia, acupuncture as a form of treatment can be traced back thousands of years. Finding its way to the West, this ancient form of treatment is now practiced worldwide with increasing popularity.
Reference articles |
1 Fan et. al. 2017, “Acupuncture’s Role in Solving the Opioid Epidemic: Evidence, Cost-Effectiveness, and Care Availability for Acupuncture as a Primary, Non-Pharmacologic Method for Pain Relief and Management” Journal of Integrative Medicine. Volume 15, Issue 6, November 2017, Pages 411-425
2 McDonald J et. al. “Effect of acupuncture on house dust mite specific IgE, substance P, and symptoms in persistent allergic rhinitis” Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Volume 116, Issue 6, Pages 497–505 June 2016.
3 McDonald J, Cripps A and Smith A. “Mediators, Receptors, and Signalling Pathways in the Anti-Inflammatory and Antihyperalgesic Effects of Acupuncture” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2015, Article ID 975632, 10 pages https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2015/975632/
4 McDonald J, Janz S. The Acupuncture Evidence Project: A Comparative Literature Review (Revised edition). © Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd, 2017: http://www.acupuncture.org.au.