“Lingering diseases are still curable, those whose regard such diseases as incurable have not actually mastered the skills.”
– Yellow Emperor’s Canon of Medicine · Spiritual Pivot
《黄帝内经 · 素问》
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– Time honoured oriental medical wisdom
History Of Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a 3,000-year-old healing technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The history of acupuncture is deeply rooted in China, dating back thousands of years; however, acupuncture can be traced back to many mummies found in India, South America and Europe, namely Otzi the Iceman, a 5,300-year-old frozen corpse found in a glacier on the border of Italy and Austria in 1991. According to scientists, Otzi used a form of acupuncture for osteoarthritis of his lumbar spine.
In 1997, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) documented and publicised acupuncture’s safety and efficacy for treating a wide range of conditions. Acupuncture is now covered by many insurance policies and is used most broadly to relieve pain. Since 2012, acupuncture and Chinese medicine practice is governed by national law and health practitioner regulation body Chinese Medicine Practitioner Board (CMBA). The new move set acupuncture and Chinese medicine practice at higher level of regulation and service standards.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites--commonly referred to as acupuncture points, or acupoints. The most common method used to stimulate acupoints is the insertion of fine, sterile single used needles into the skin. Pressure, heat, or electrical stimulation may further enhance the effects. Other acupoint stimulation techniques include: manual massage, moxibustion or heat therapy, cupping, and the application of topical herbal medicines and liniments.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on an ancient philosophy that describes the universe, and the body, in terms of two opposing forces: yin and yang. When these forces are in balance, the body is healthy. Energy, called "qi" (pronounced "chee") flows along specific pathways, called meridians, throughout the body. This constant flow of energy keeps the yin and yang forces balanced. However, if the flow of energy gets blocked, like water getting stuck behind a dam, the disruption can lead to pain, lack of function, or illness. Acupuncture therapy can release blocked qi in the body and stimulate function, evoking the body’s natural healing response through various physiological systems. Modern research has demonstrated acupuncture’s effects on the nervous system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system. By stimulating the body’s various systems, acupuncture can help to resolve pain, and improve sleep, digestive function, and sense of well-being.
How Can We Help?
At Adelaide City Acupuncture Pain Clinic, we provides wide range of quality acupuncture and Chinese medicine and achieved high level of customer satisfaction. Services we provide including modalities of acupuncture, Chinese nutrition, herbal medicine, fire cupping, wet cupping, electro-acupuncture, painless laser acupuncture, Gua Sha, far-infrared heat therapy, moxibustion, Tai Chi / Qi Gong and Tui-Na massage.
Acupuncture needles are as thin as a strand of hair, thereby evoking little, if any, pain when inserted. Most people find themselves extremely relaxed, free of any pain or discomfort, while undergoing treatment, and many people fall asleep. Patients utilise Chinese medicine and its many modalities for almost all conditions, including musculoskeletal, breathing and internal disorders, side effects of cancer treatment, anxiety depression, insomnia, women's health, stress, weight, pain and lifestyle management, to name a few.
The WHO (World Health Organisation) lists more than 50 conditions for which acupuncture research proves to be efficacious. Paediatrics, adults and elderly patients can take advantage of these many modalities with the help of our experienced Chinese medicine practitioners.
What happens during an acupuncture treatment?
When you walk into our clinic, your acupuncturist will ask about your health history. Then, he or she will examine your tongue’s shape, colour, and coating, feel your pulse, and possibly perform some additional physical examinations depending on your individual health needs. Using these unique assessment tools, your acupuncturist will be able to recommend a proper treatment plan to address your particular condition. To begin the acupuncture treatment, you lay comfortably on a treatment table while precise acupuncture points are stimulated on various areas of your body. Most people feel no or minimal discomfort as the fine needles are gently placed. The needles are usually retained between five and 30 minutes. During and after treatments, people report that they feel very relaxed.
Conditions Acupuncture May Offer Help
Case-controlled clinical studies have shown that acupuncture may be an effective treatment for the following diseases, symptoms or conditions:
- Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
- Biliary colic
- Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
- Dysentery, acute bacillary
- Dysmenorrhoea, primary
- Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
- Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
- Hypertension, essential
- Hypotension, primary
- Induction of labor
- Knee pain
- Low back pain
- Malposition of fetus, correction
- Morning sickness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Neck pain
- Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
- Periarthritis of shoulder
- Postoperative pain
- Renal colic
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Tennis elbow
The following diseases, symptoms or conditions may have limited but probable evidence to support the therapeutic use of acupuncture:
- Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)
- Acne vulgaris
- Alcohol dependence and detoxification
- Bell’s palsy
- Bronchial asthma
- Cancer pain
- Cardiac neurosis
- Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation
- Competition stress syndrome
- Craniocerebral injury, closed
- Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent
- Epidemic haemorrhagic fever
- Epistaxis, simple (without generalized or local disease)
- Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection
- Female infertility
- Facial spasm
- Female urethral syndrome
- Fibromyalgia and fasciitis
- Gastrokinetic disturbance
- Gouty arthritis
- Hepatitis B virus carrier status
- Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3)
- Labour pain
- Lactation, deficiency
- Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic
- Ménière disease
- Neuralgia, post-herpetic
- Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence
- Pain due to endoscopic examination
- Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (Stein-Leventhal syndrome)
- Post-extubation in children
- Postoperative convalescence
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Prostatitis, chronic
- Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome
- Raynaud syndrome, primary
- Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
- Retention of urine, traumatic
- Sialism, drug-induced (excessive salivation)
- Sjögren syndrome
- Sore throat (including tonsillitis)
- Spine pain, acute
- Stiff neck
- Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
- Tietze syndrome
- Tobacco dependence
- Tourette syndrome
- Ulcerative colitis, chronic
- Vascular dementia
- Whooping cough (pertussis)
Time Honoured Modalities We Use
– Multi-modalities of natural therapies are used
The innovative laser needle for acupuncture, therapy of deep tissue layers and laser blood irradiation (non-invasive)
Traditional disposable fine needles used to insert into acupuncture points delivering stimulation to meridians to treat disorders.
Easy taking cGMP granulated Chinese herbal medicine is used for treating disorders systemically together with acupuncture.
Chinese style remedial massage for muscular stiffness, pain and internal disorders being used in conjunction with acupuncture.
Balanced nutritions with good eating and life style modification are critical for recovery from illness.
We use traditional fire cupping in treating muscular pain, sports injuries and skin disorders.
Clearing toxin through gentle scoop sliding on the skin create light bruising to treat various disorders.
Tai Chi / Qi Gong
Tai Chi for health cultivation being used in our clinic and taught to our patients for their self practice.