The ancient practice of acupuncture is a modality integrated within Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which also includes the use of Chinese Herbal Medicine.
The basis of Chinese philosophy and acupuncture theory acknowledges the existence of a primary motivating force behind all life known as Qi and observes the microcosm of man within the macrocosm of the universe, i.e. how our environment affects us. Qi flows in the meridians. The meridians flow through the body, much like water flows from the bubbling springs to the large seas.
Qi should flow freely in the body. For example, the Lung Qi should disperse and descend, the Spleen Qi should go up, the Stomach Qi should go down etc. If Qi is blocked disease will ensue. For example vomiting is rebellious stomach Qi, and prolapse is Spleen Qi sinking. Disease is not only caused by stagnation of Qi, but also deficiency of Qi.
The acupuncturist uses needles to move Qi. Qi is said to lead the Blood. As the needles move Qi, they also move the Blood to promote a free flow of Qi and Blood throughout the body and therefore the absence of disease. Stimulating the acupuncture points restores the harmonious flow of Qi throughout the body.
Acupuncture, herbal medicines and dietary therapy are used to regulate not only Qi, but also Blood, Jing, Yin and Yang. From a western medical perspective, acupuncture increases endogenous opiods, endorphins, enkephalins, dynorphins and endomorphins and lowers inflammatory cytokines.
Whilst not trained in Raw Chinese Herbal medicine, I am trained to prescribe the Chinese patent formulas. I choose to combine Traditional Chinese formulas in tincture form as I believe these are better quality.
I specialise in needling children as my six children regualry get acupuncture for tummy aches, ear aches, fever, headaches, sore backs and the array of everyday ailments that affect children. I have worked in Chinese hospitals twice where I have specialised in peadiatric acupuncture for the treatment of ADD/ ADHD, epilepsy and Austism.
I conducted a world first trial using acupuncture for the treatment of pain in Melbourne Australia's, busiest A & E. The trial paved the way for the introduction of an RMIT Acupuncture student clinic offering acupuncture for patients in the A & E with a view to decrease waiting times. Please see Acupuncture for theTreatment of Pain
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