Acupuncture dates back thousands of years and is one of the longest standing health care systems in the world. Used to restore normal function in the body, acupuncture also has a strong focus on disease prevention and minimising disease progression.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine, sterile, single use needles to gently stimulate areas (acupuncture points) of the body. By activating these points, the pathways (meridians) used by the body to transport information and energy (qi) for everyday functions are positively affected.
Although acupuncture has an influence on all major systems of the body,
its primary effects are:
promoting blood flow
The blood contains everything the body needs for healing (oxygen, substances for immunity, nutrients from food, painkillers, anti-inflammatories, hormones).
reducing inflammation and relieving pain
Acupuncture stimulates a signal (nervous system to brain) to release natural painkillers: endorphins, norepinephrine and enkephalin (some which are considered to be 10-200 stronger than morphine).
By creating micro-traumas, acupuncture also stimulates healing of injured tissues through activation of the nervous, endocrine and immune systems
restoring homeostasis (balance)
Homeostasis is the body’s innate ability to control and regulate its environment to maintain internal balance. All disease is linked to an interference of this balance.
Acupuncture has a strong effect on the nervous system by stimulating the release of oxytocin, a hormone and signaling substance which regulates the parasympathetic nervous system, or ‘rest and digest’ response.
This part of the nervous system creates calm and allows the natural process of self-healing through rebuilding tissues, clearing wastes and old and diseased cells and ensuring all body systems are functioning correctly.
In contrast, the ‘fight & flight’ response is governed by the sympathetic nervous system, which creates a stress response, which can also be triggered by EMF (electro-magnetic field) radiation from appliances and electronic gadgets and our fast paced and over stimulated modern living. Current research suggests impaired parasympathetic function is linked to several types of autoimmune diseases.
Understanding these primary effects acupuncture has helps explain why it can be beneficial for so many conditions.
I am a Dr of Chinese Medicine, and am registered as an acupuncturist with AHPRA and ATMS. I am covered by major private health funds so you can receive rebates for your treatment.
** Dry needling is a manual therapy using fine sterile needles to stimulate muscle fibers to relieve pain for musculoskeletal conditions. Although acupuncture is the focus at the Nourished Temple clinic, dry needling sessions are available.
Initial consultation: 1 hour $115
Follow up consultation: 1 hour $85
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