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Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a primary medical system that has been used for thousands of years to help prevent and manage health conditions. It is based on the belief that Qi (the body's vital energy) flow along meridians (channels) in the body and over its surface.

TCM can be used to manage:

  • Musculoskeletal issues e.g. tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, sciatica.
  • Acute and Chronic Pain Disorders
  • Arthritis and Joint Pain
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Anxiety and/or Stress
  • Fertility
  • Digestive Issues
  • Sporting or Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • Pregnancy Discomfort
  • Cancer Treatment Side Effects e.g. nausea, peripheral neuropathy, dry mouth.
  • Eye Conditions e.g. macular degeneration, dry eyes.

Techniques used in TCM

Acupuncture

Involves the insertion of very fine, disposable, stainless steel needles in certain areas of the body called acupoints. These needles may stimualte the body's own natural healing ability, to help correct any imbalances and restore the body to a healthy equilibirum.

Acupressure

A type of massage therapy in which the fingers are used to press on an acupoint, instead of using needles.

Trigger Point Acupuncture

Involves needling trigger points (knots in muscles) to promote blood flow in order to relax the muscle.

Electroacupuncture

A procedure where pulses of weak electrical current are sent through the acupuncture needles to help improve the outcome of acupuncture.

Acupuncture Point Injection

Combines acupuncture and liquid medicication (isotonic saline) which is injected into acupuncture points.

Ear Seeds

Involves placing small seeds made from mugwort (Chinese herb), on the out ear that matches up with certain parts of the body. It is a type of acupressure on the ear.

Cupping

A procedure that involes round glass cups being placed upside down over an area of the body, making a vacuum that holds the cup on the skin. Cupping is used to help relieve stiff muscles.

Gua Sha

A procedure involving the application of oil to the skin and then scraping the skin with a smooth-edge instrument known as a Gua Sha. It is often used to help alleviate muscular pain.

Chinese Herbs

These can be packaged as powders, paste, lotions or tablets. Different herbs have different properties and may help balance particular parts of the body.

If you have any questions or concerns about Traditional Chinese Medicine or Acupuncture, please contact our Tradtional Chinese Medicine therapists on (02) 9553 8145.

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