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Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine



What is Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (often referred to as TCM) dates back thousands of years and is a system of primary health care that includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and remedial massage. In Australia, the most popular forms of Chinese medicine are acupuncture and herbal medicine.


The primary philosophy of Chinese medicine is the premise that good health relies on the restoration and maintenance of harmony, balance and order to an individual. TCM takes a holistic approach to understanding normal function and disease processes and focuses as much on the prevention of illness as it does on the treatment.



What is Qi and how does it affect the body?

When healthy, an abundant supply of Qi (pronounced chee) or ‘life energy’ flows through the body’s meridians (a network of unseen channels through the body). If the flow of Qi becomes blocked or there is an inadequate supply of Qi, the body fails to maintain harmony, balance and order and disease or illness follows. This can result from stress, overwork, poor diet, disease pathogens, environmental conditions and other lifestyle factors.


Chinese medicine focuses on the underlying condition as well as the treatment of the symptoms. Treatments work on the basis of an individualized treatment plan for each patient.


What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient medical practice, originating in China more than 2000 years ago. Acupuncture commonly refers to the use of metal needles to stimulate anatomical points, often with the addition of manual manipulation, heat or electrical stimulation. Some practitioners use lasers instead of needles to stimulate the anatomical points.




Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine may help symptoms in the following conditions:

  • The prevention of migraine
  • The treatment of knee osteoarthritis.
  • Headache
  • IVF and Fertility Support
  • Dental Pain
  • Allergic rhinitis (perennial & seasonal)
  • Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (with anti-emetics)
  • Chronic low back pain
  • Postoperative nausea & vomiting
  • Other Headache (tension-type and chronic)
  • Postoperative pain
  • Acute low back pain
  • Obesity
  • Anxiety
  • Peri-menopausal and postmenopausal insomnia
  • Asthma in adults
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Menopausal hot flushes

The needles used in acupuncture are typically much finer than the needles used to take blood, and the process is usually painless. Once the needles are inserted, they will be left in place while you lie still, and hopefully relaxed.