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The Language of Chinese Medicine
Chinese Medicine uses very different language to typical medical terminology. You may hear reference to different types of energy, which is very common in Chinese Medicine. For example, I refer to the “Liver Energy“ as an energetic entity. Chinese Medicine depicts each energetic entity has specific functions and associations. The medical term “Liver” is completely different to the Chinese Medicine “Liver Energy“.
What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into different trigger points on your body. As a core component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is most often used to treat pain and discomfort and has proven successful in relieving a variety of long-term conditions including osteoarthritis, dental pain, respiratory conditions, and migraines.
Acupuncture is increasingly being used to improve overall health and wellbeing, with many practitioners seeing positive results in patients suffering depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.
How does Acupuncture Work?
In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is a technique used to balance the flow of energy, known as qi (chee), which is believed to move through the pathways in your body. By inserting the needles in specific points along these pathways it is believed that any blockages in the energy will be removed, allowing the flow to be re-balanced.
When combined with holistic health coaching, acupuncture supports patients to relax and reset both the body and the mindset.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
The risks associated with acupuncture are minimal if your practitioner is suitably qualified and proper precautions are taken. Sterile, single-use disposable needles are standard practice in Australia, so there is very limited chance of infection.
As with all medical treatment, there are certain side effects associated with acupuncture. These include temporary soreness and minor bleeding or bruising where the needles were inserted.
Acupuncture may not be suitable for individuals with a pacemaker, bleeding disorder or those who are using blood thinners.
The leading complications of acupuncture are due to improperly trained practitioners. Read more below on choosing the right practitioner.
Finding the Right Practitioner
Choosing the right acupuncturist is very similar to selecting a new doctor. You may seek recommendations from people you know and trust, or have a phone consultation to understand what to expect during treatment.
Most importantly, you should always check your practitioner’s certifications and registrations before commencing treatment. To become a licensed practitioner you must study a full degree in the discipline of Acupuncture.
Chinese Medicine Theory
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