Acupuncture is an ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) healing method dating back over 2000 years and is widely used around the world to treat many health conditions (1).
Acupuncture and TCM facilitates the body's natural ability to restore the natural flow of energy, commonly referred to as Qi. Good health depends on the quality of free flowing energy and blood throughout our bodies pathways, generally referred to as meridians (1).
This energy and blood flow is easily affected by everyday lifestyle choices, such as sedentary lifestyles (office jobs or lack of exercise), body clock irregularities (shift work) or poor nutritional choices. Health conditions, pain or emotional disturbances can all arise from this impaired free flow of energy resulting in imbalances, blockages, excesses or deficiencies. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine is effective in restoring the body back to its normal balance and promoting relaxation.
Acupuncture involves the gentle insertion of incredibly fine single use disposable needles. The needles are inserted into different locations on the body’s surface, called Acupoints or meridians. Some needles may produce a gentle sensation and rarely will they create pain. Acupuncture in certain conditions is reported as a safe and cost effective treatment option with no to minimal reported side effects unless performed unsafely (1, 2).
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1. ‘Acupuncture: In Depth’, 2016, NIH: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), Pub No.:D404. <https://nccih.nih.gov/health/acupuncture/introduction#hed2>
2. McDonald J, Janz S. The Australian Evidence Project: A Comparative Literature Review (Revised edition). Brisbane: Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd; 2017. <http://www.acupuncture.org.au>