Acupuncture is a 2,000 year old personalised medicine that's fit for the 21st century.
Acupuncture: a natural way to better health.
Inscribed by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, acupuncture is one of the world's oldest and most widely practiced medical systems belonging to traditional Chinese medicine.
In recent decades, it has rapidly become a popular natural and complementary therapy in the western world known for its personalised approach to diagnosis and treatment.
Acupuncture activates the body's own self-healing mechanisms to relieve pain and stress, reduce inflammation, improve circulation, rebalance hormones and strengthen the internal organs to better health.
“There is evidence that acupuncture influences the production of and distribution of a great many neurotransmitters and neuromodulators, and that this in turn alters the perception of pain.” David Eisenberg M.D.
Clinical Research Fellow,
Harvard Medical School
Acupuncture treats much more than pain.
When practiced by experienced Chinese medicine practitioners, it can help your body to heal from a wide range of common (and complex) health problems — more than you can poke a stick at!
Let's de-mystify this ancient medicine for modern times.
Over 2,000 years ago, the ancient Chinese physicians made one of the most profound discoveries of medical knowledge that is known today as the meridian system.
However, over the past century since Chinese medicine was introduced to the western world, its concepts such as "Qi flowing in meridians" have become lost in translation. There are some people today who regard acupuncture as an energy-based and un-scientific medicine — an idea which could not be further from the truth.
The meridian system is actually a neurological map of how the body's organs, muscles and tissues are connected to each other by the nervous and circulatory systems. Expert acupuncturists trained to use the meridian system can appear to be working magic when the truly amazing thing is the body's self-healing ability at work.
Defining Meridians: A Modern Basis of Understanding
John C. Longhurst
Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine, Departments of Medicine, Physiology and Biophysics, Pharmacology and Biomedical Engineering, Schools of Medicine and Engineering, University of California, Irvine, USA
More recently, modern physiologists have put forward the “neural hypothesis” stating that the clinical influence of acupuncture is transmitted primarily through stimulation of sensory nerves that provide signals to the brain, which processes this information and then causes clinical changes associated with treatment.
Figure 1. Diagram of meridians and acupuncture points (or acupoints) that have been studied with respect to the cardiovascular influence of electroacupuncture.
Although additional research is warranted to investigate the role of some of the structures identified, it seems clear that the peripheral and central nervous system can now be considered to be the most rational basis for defining meridians.
The meridian maps and associated acupoints located along them are best viewed as road maps that can guide practitioners towards applying acupuncture to achieve optimal clinical results.
Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies Volume 3, Issue 2, June 2010, Pages 67-74 Read Full Article
Have you experienced the real thing?
There is a real difference when acupuncture is practiced by Chinese medicine practitioners — the traditional masters of acupuncture.
Current health laws in Australia don't protect the public from unqualified or inexperienced practitioners who may be using and inserting acupuncture needles, sometimes by another name. For example, "dry-needling" is not a form of acupuncture endorsed or practiced by the Chinese medicine profession.
Our acupuncturists are degree qualified Chinese medicine practitioners registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia. The Board, supported by AHPRA, is Australia's peak governing body that regulates the Chinese medicine profession and protects the public.
“It is by virtue of the twelve channels that human life exists, that disease arises, that human beings can be treated and illness cured. The twelve channels are where beginners start and masters end.” The Classic of Acupuncture
Circa 1st Century BCE