Acupuncture

Acupuncture

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine which involves using small needles to stimulate specific points on the body to achieve positive health outcomes. Chinese medicine acknowledges unique relationships between each system in the body (e.g. digestive, respiratory, cardiac etc). These relationships are complex and the terminology we use to describe them is quite different to those used in Western Medicine. Though we don’t treat according to Western Medicine diagnoses, we do understand the symptoms and progression of disease involved with these diagnoses because it is part of our training to do so.

Can I claim acupuncture on Work Cover (QLD)?

Your GP can add acupuncture to the list of approved health services on your Work Cover claim. At your first acupuncture appointment, bring your Work Cover referral letter from your GP with you. Payment in full is required at the time of consultation and treatment. You will be issued with a receipt to claim this appointment through Work Cover. Subsequent consultations need to be approved with Work Cover before commencement. We will contact your Case Specialist to arrange this.

Is it safe? Does it hurt?

Yes it is safe. Acupuncture consistently has fewer and less severe side effects than other treatment modalities. This is evident in clinical practice and in high quality research studies.

No, it is not painful. The needles we use are very fine and smooth and the techniques we use are incredibly gentle. Often, the anticipation of strong sensation is drastic compared to what it actually feels like. For more questions like this, please read the Frequently Asked Questions page here

How may acupuncture help me?

The effects of acupuncture on pain and inflammation are well documented and many patients seek acupuncture to relieve musculoskeletal aches and pains, headaches/migraines, period pain, gastrointestinal pain and sinus pain. Acupuncture regulates the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems to improve sleep, digestion, circulation, and mental and physical relaxation.

Sometimes results can be achieved in one session and sometimes conditions require ongoing maintenance. Ultimately, this depends on a persons constitution, lifestyle factors, medications and stage of illness. As with conventional treatment, not all problems can be completely resolved, but the aim is to naturally improve quality of life and reduce the intensity and duration of health problems by utilising our body’s self-healing abilities.

This section provides an overview of conditions which can be treated with Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine. Blog articles will address some of these topics in more detail and there will be articles highlighting recent research findings and general points of interest on our Facebook page.

If there are any conditions you are experiencing which are not listed here, please feel free to contact Fusion Acupuncture & Natural Therapies to find out how we can help.

General Health

Many patients seek acupuncture for maintenance of their general health or concern for symptoms which don’t necessarily have a specific pattern of diagnosis.

Low energy and tiredness are particularly common concerns. During your first consultation,  your practitioner will ask a wide variety of in-depth questions and use classical pulse and tongue diagnosis to determine the imbalances causing low energy levels. Often this process identifies other areas for health improvement and these will also be addressed in your treatments.

General health concerns may include:

  • Immune system deficiency
  • Oedema/swelling
  • Smoking
  • Weight control
  • Dizziness & Vertigo
  • Skin conditions
  • Poor posture
  • Headaches
  • Poor memory & concentration
  • Bloating
  • Fatigue

Head & Face

Headaches and migraines are two of the most common reasons people seek treatment. Did you know that acupuncture may also reduce pain and other symptoms associated with:

  • Dental problems such as toothaches and TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction)?
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Meniere’s Disease
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia

Acupuncture treatments may also be beneficial for conditions relating to:

  • Eyes (blurred vision, sore and red eyes, conjunctivitis)
  • Ears (tinnitus, infections, dizziness/vertigo)
  • Nose (post-nasal drip, common cold, sinus infections, hayfever)
  • Mouth/throat (difficulty swallowing, ulcers, sore throat).
Many studies validate the use of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine to reduce the frequency and severity of symptoms in common respiratory and cardiovascular conditions including, but not limited to, the following:
  • Asthma
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Bronchitis
  • Common cold
  • Cough
  • Sinusitis
  • Hypertension
  • Palpitations
Skin disorders such as rosacea, acne, eczema and psoriasis have a devastating impact on the quality of day to day living. They are often slow to appear and slow to resolve, however Chinese Medicine can help to alleviate itch and reduce redness and dryness of the skin. Treatments address the ‘irritability’ of the skin but also of the person suffering the skin disorder. Thus, treatments are calming and assist with managing mood swings and sleep disturbances which often go hand in hand with itchy and inflamed rashes.
Uro-genital conditions which may respond well to acupuncture include, but are not limited to:
  • Incontinence
  • Interstitial Cystitis (Painful Bladder Syndrome)
  • Bed wetting
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Painful urination
  • Frequent urination
  • Vaginal discharge

Moxibustion

What is moxibustion?

Moxibustion (moxa) refers to the burning of dried mugwort to facilitate healing by providing warmth and stimulating blood flow. It’s botanical name is Artemesia Vulgaris and the mandarin name is ai ye. It is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique which has been used for centuries. Moxa comes in a variety of forms for different techniques depending on what we want to achieve. We can use it directly against the skin, but more often it is indirect. Indirect moxa sits on the handle of a needle or the practitioner holds it away from the skin and moves it from one spot to another.

What is moxibustion used for?

Your practitioner may use moxibustion to warm an area which is cold to touch or to stimulate blood flow and free movement where there is pain or restriction. For example, Western medicine calls mugwort an ’emmenagogue’ meaning that it improves blood circulation in the uterus. Depending on the individual, it may be appropriate to use moxa over the lower abdomen for conditions which present with period pain. Interestingly, it can also be used to assist the repositioning of a breech-position foetus before childbirth.

 What does it feel like?

Moxa is very soothing and works fast to relieve pain. It is not appropriate for every condition or every person but your practitioner will know when it’s wise to use moxa. Some types of moxa release a significant amount of smoke with a pungent odour. In the clinic we prefer to use a type of moxa which is less smokey and smelly but just as effective. This tends to be the better option for those with respiratory problems or smoke sensitivity. Many patients report that moxa is energising, soothing and provides fast pain relief.