Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture is a highly regarded and very safe form of treatment for many conditions. It has been practiced, largely unchanged and unchallenged for nearly 5000 years.
What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is part of the treatment options when consulting a Traditional Chinese Medical Practitioner. Thru TCM the practitioner determines the energetic imbalance that underlies illness or pain. The acupuncturist then aims to restore the proper flow of energy (qi), blood, and yin and yang, in order to bring the body back to health, strengthen and normalise proper function, and prevent illness.
How It Works
Energy (qi) flows through the body along meridian pathways associated with the body’s organs and systems. Very fine sterile acupuncture needles are inserted into points along these meridians to adjust, unblock and balance the flow of qi, which helps the body to heal, and prevents illness.
Most Commonly Treated Conditions
Acupuncture treats a wide range of chronic and acute conditions;
- Gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhoea, bloating, ulcers, indigestion and acid reflux
- Gynaecological problems such as premenstrual syndrome, painful, irregular or heavy periods, and menopausal symptoms
- Male and female fertility problems including support thru IVF and pre and post embryo transfer treatments.
- Musculoskeletal conditions such as neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, sports injuries, arthritis and fibromyalgia.
- Prenatal support including relief from morning sickness, pregnancy induced migraine, back pain including symphysis pubis and hip pain, high blood pressure, diabetes, breech, insomnia, anxiety, birth preparation and induction.
Acupuncture is also commonly used to treat headaches, migraines, high blood pressure, sinusitis, fatigue, skin problems, cold and flu, insomnia, stress and anxiety.
What To Expect At Your First Appointment
Your acupuncturist will thoroughly assess your condition and make a diagnosis according to TCM principles. Your medical history, family medical history, diet, lifestyle and any medications or supplements you are taking will also be discussed. They will examine your tongue, take a series of pulses, and may palpate tender points along meridians. You will then lie down and very fine acupuncture needles will be inserted at specific points. You may feel a mild dull sensation or a bit of a tingle. Most people find the experience very relaxing. Moxibustion (heat produced by a particular herb), cupping and/or massage may also be used.
How Long Does It Take To Treat A Condition
The amount of treatment you need will depend on your condition and how long you’ve had it. Your acupuncturist will estimate the number of treatments you will need once they have observed how your body responds to a few treatments. Generally, acute conditions are resolved faster than chronic conditions. In some cases, Chinese herbal medicine is combined with acupuncture for better or faster results.
Our Acupuncture Practitioners
SUE BOOTH – B. Hlth Sci. (TCM), Reg Midwife, RN
Very experienced and highly regarded, Sue Booth receives referrals from obstetricians and midwives from hospitals all over Sydney. Sue is a unique TCM practitioner being able to draw on years of midwifery experience to compliment her work using this ancient and holistic form of natural medicine enabling her to become a specialist in the field of women’s health.