Acupuncture is one the most ancient healing practices in the world, dating back at least 2000 years. A major component of Traditional Chinese and Japanese Medicine, it works by stimulating specific points on the body, usually by inserting very fine sterilised metallic needles into the skin.
Today acupuncture continues to be safe, applicable and effective in our modern world and increasingly popular as an alternative health therapy in the West.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine utilises thousands of years of observation, taking a holistic approach to understanding normal health and disease processes. It focuses as much on the prevention of sickness and preservation of health, as on treatment.
According to Chinese philosophy, when our body is healthy, an abundant supply of Qi (pronounced chee) or ‘life energy’ flows through the body’s meridians (a network of unseen channels thru the body). If the flow of Qi becomes blocked or depleted, the body fails to maintain harmony and balance and symptoms and illness follow. The factors influencing the flow of Qi can be emotional factors, stress, overwork, poor diet, disease pathogens, environmental conditions, injury and other lifestyle factors.
Frequency of Acupuncture Treatments
Many clients will experience immediate benefit after acupuncture, whereas others note a positive result 2-3 days later. Acupuncture has an accumulatory effect where the treatments build on each other.
Acute conditions such as a cold, the flu or chronic illness will require more frequent treatments initially, whereas others respond individually within 1-8 treatments. It is wise to note every ‘body’ responds at its own healing pace.
As a preventative health measure, acupuncture once every 4-6 weeks is effective.
Comparison between acupuncture and dry needling
|Acupuncturist – Chinese Medicine||Dry Needling|
|Minimum 4Year Bachelor Degree||48 -72 hour course|
|CMBA Registered practitioners||None registered by CMBA|
|Holistic – balance of body, mind and spirit||Puncture painful muscle areas|
|Mandatory continuing professional development for registration||No continuing professional development as non registered|
|Strict infection control standards||Unknown standards|
|Professional indemnity insurance for acupuncture is mandatory||Some practitioners may not be covered for acupuncture or dry needling|