Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture is an ancient healing practice that has been used for thousands of years in China. It is based on the concept of balancing the flow of vital energy, known as ‘Qi’ within the body. According to TCM theory, the body’s health is influenced by the balance of this vital energy, and disruptions or blockages in its flow can lead to various health issues. Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body, known as acupuncture points, to stimulate and balance the flow of Qi. TCM Acupuncture is used to treat a wide range of conditions using a holistic approach that considers the patient’s overall wellbeing.
Medical Acupuncture is also known as Western Medical Acupuncture (WMA) or Dry Needling. Medical Acupuncture is a modernized approach that incorporates some principles of TCM Acupuncture but focuses more on current knowledge of anatomy, physiology, health conditions and evidence based medicine.
There is increasing evidence to support the use of Acupuncture in Western Medicine particularly for pain relief, depression, anxiety, nausea and vomiting, side effects of chemotherapy treatment, migraines, headaches and chronic/ persistent pain. The research suggests that the insertion of fine needles stimulates the central nervous system which in term releases natural analgesics, healing chemicals and good hormones.
Medical Acupuncture is typically practiced by licensed medical professionals, such as doctors, nurse practitioners, physiotherapists or other qualified healthcare practitioners who have received additional and specialised training in acupuncture techniques. Practitioners of medical acupuncture often use acupuncture as a complementary therapy alongside conventional medical treatments.