Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
In 1997, the National Institute of Health (NIH) officially recognized acupuncture as an effective treatment for osteoarthritis, headaches, low back pain, fibromyalgia, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, myofascial pain, neck pain and carpal tunnel syndrome.
At Peninsula Acupuncture we offer a combination of Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Cupping, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Tuina Massage to assist with pain management. Chinese Medicine offers health benefits whilst remaining natural, therefore having minimal side affects on the body which other treatments and medications are known to have.
The effects of Acupuncture on pain management can be explained scientifically by a number of theories including
The Gate Control Theory: Pain signals must pass through a number of high traffic gates as they move from the area of injury upward through the spinal cord into the brain. Acupuncture is a competing stimulus and effectively interrupts the neurotransmitters of the pain signals from reaching the brain. This results in the patient not getting the pain signal and therefore not getting the pain.
The Augmentation Theory: Acupuncture raises levels of triglycerides, specific hormones, prostaglandins, white blood counts (WBC’s), gamma globulins, opsonins and overall anti-body levels. This is why acupuncture can treat disorders relating to immune deficiencies. Raising WBC’s can help every patient.
The Endorphin Theory: Acupuncture stimulates the secretion of endorphins in the body (specifically Enkephalins). Endorphins are our bodies’ natural painkillers.
The Neurotransmitter Theory: This states that certain neurotransmitter levels (such as Seratonin and Noradrenaline) are affected by Acupuncture. This is why acupuncture is so successful in treating depression, mood disorders and weight loss
The Circulatory Theory: There is an effect of constricting or dilating of blood vessels when acupuncture is prescirbed. A possible explanation of this is the release of the body’s vasodilators (such as Histamine), in response to acupuncture. Increasing circulation of fresh red blood cells (RBC’s) and WBC’s to an injured area helps to create a faster healing process.
At Peninsula Acupuncture and Natural Medicine we have had success in treating a wide range of painful conditions including;
- Arthritic Type Pain including Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout and other arthritic conditions
- Musculoskeletal Pain including Sciatica, Lower Back Pain, Wry Neck and Fibromyalgia both in the Acute and Chronic Stage.
- Joint Pain including Tennis Elbow, Golfers Elbow, TMJ, Sprains and Strains
- Headaches and Migraines
- Nerve related pain including neuralgia, neuropathy and shingles related pain.
- Cancer related pain.
Workcover and TAC patients with a doctors referral and authorization are able to be treated
Fertility - Preconception
At Peninsula Acupuncture and Natural Medicine we believe it is important that both the mother and father are healthy in order to have a healthy baby. We focus on health as a whole looking at the potential mother’s and father's health, lifestyle, diet and emotional factors - all these need to be considered when planning a healthy pregnancy.
Through a combination of Acupuncture, Chinese and Western Natural Medicine we are able to assist mothers in their quest to achieve a safe and effective pregnancy. Through these methods we are able to ensure the healthy quality of sperm and eggs, help you understand the best time to conceive, assist in implantation and reduce the risk of miscarriage. This approach helps couples to be aware and proactive in their role in conception.
Those that will benefit from this treatment include:
- Healthy normal couples looking to improve their health before attempting to create new life.
- Couples having problems conceiving due to an unknown cause including sperm motility or a low sperm count, possible unregulated cycles and anovulation.
- Women coming off birth control looking to regulate their cycle and their bodies before trying to conceive.
- Couples who have had repeated undiagnosed miscarriages
- Couples looking to use IVF or other assisted reproductive technologies in the future.
- Mature age couples (over 40)
Infertility - IVF Support
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine has been used to treat infertility in both women and men for thousands of years. Chinese Medicine focuses on the health of the body as a whole, and as you are well aware many things contribute to a healthy person. By addressing health concerns such levels of stress, pain management, weight loss, insomnia and hypertension we can have a positive affect on fertility. When talking about infertility we define someone who has attempted natural conception with no success for between 6 -12 months as a candidate for infertility treatment with Chinese Medicine. We focus on the cycle of the female - helping the patient understand their individual cycle, using basal body temperature charting, noticing change in cervical discharge and also predicting ovulation, to give our patients a better chance of conception and have a proactive role in their fertility.
Chinese medicine also has success in treating other factors that can impede a women's ability to conceive, including;
- Menstrual problems including painful cycles irregular in length, changes in menses and absent cycles.
- Hormonal Imbalance affecting ovulation and cycle regularity
- Endometriosis, Fibroids, ovarian Cysts and Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Weight Management
More recently Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine has also been used to assist mothers attempting to conceive using IVF and other assisted reproductive technologies (ART). In brief Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can help improve the success rate of IVF in a number of ways including;
- Improve the function of the ovaries to produce better quality eggs
- Regulate hormones to produce a large number of follicles
- Increase blood flow to the uterus and increase the thickness of the uterine lining
- Assist in relaxation during the IVF procedure helping prevent uterine contraction
- Lessen the side affects of IVF prescriptions
- Strengthen the immune system
- Decrease chances of miscarriage
Pregnancy and Birth
Once successful conception has occurred Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine still has much to offer. At Peninsula Acupuncture and Natural Medicine we have experience in treating the following;
- Gastrointestinal Conditions such as: Morning Sickness, Nausea, Constipation or Diarrhea and Heartburn
- Fluid retention
- Aches and pains, Carpal Tunnel as well as Pelvic Instability
- Anxiety, Stress, Fatigue and Insomnia
- Pre-eclampsia and High Blood Pressure
- Assisting in the correction of breech presentation (between 32-37 weeks)
- Assisting in preparing mothers for a natural labour, usually treatment is weekly from 35 weeks onwards. Focusing on increasing energy, managing stress levels and gently assisting in ripening and preparing the cervix and uterus for dilation and labour.
After Labour has occurred Acupuncture and Natural Medicine is effective in the treatment of
- Postnatal depression or anxiety
- Increasing energy levels
- Insufficient or poor lactation levels
- Assist in removal of gained weight during pregnancy
It’s a fact that men frequently overlook their health. The incidence of major health concerns such as infertility, obesity, heart disease, stroke, cancer, prostate problems, diabetes and sleep/mood disorders in the male population is steadily rising. This is due to a typical australian diet, lack of excercise and rising workload stresses. Recent studies show that 63% of males in Australia are overweight or obese. This figure means that over half of the Australian adult male population are at risk of dying from heart disease, developing diabetes and/or colon cancer, experiencing impotence, being diagnosed as infertile or sub-fertile and suffering from insomnia.
Chinese Medicine is effective in assisting men in many areas of their health including;
- Erectile Dysfunction or Low Libido
- Benign Prostate Hyperplasia
- Prostate Cancer Support
- High Blood Pressure/Hypertension
- Diabetes Support
Acupuncture and Natural Medicine are able to treat children naturally, avoiding the use of medicines containing steroids or chemicals that can be harmful to young bodies.
Utilising Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine we are able to treat;
- Colds and Flu
- Indigestion/ Digestive Concerns
- Asthma/ Allergies
- Low Immunity
For younger children and those afraid of needles we are able to treat most conditions with acupressure (needle free) and herbal medicine. Please contact us first to discuss the treatment options for your child.
These days many Australians experience digestive concerns due to a wide range of factors. This is due to the harmful repercussions of the modern Australian diet on our population, coupled with the high level of stress that the average Australian experiences. We vary in the way we react to certain foods, therefore Chinese Medicine individualises its approach to treatment depending on your concern and symptoms you present with.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is effective in the treatment of the following gastrointestinal concerns;
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Constipation/ Diarrhoea
- Heartburn and GORD
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Coeliacs Disease
- Crohns Disease
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have been documented in the treatment of respiratory problems since 210 AD. Using both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine we commonly treat a wide range of respiratory conditions that haven't responded well to western medical treatment, ranging from the acute onset of coughs and colds to stubborn illness such as hay fever or sinusitis.
At Peninsula Acupuncture and Natural Medicine we are able to treat the following respiratory concerns;
- Colds and Flu
- Hay fever
- Sinusitis/ Rhinitis
- Cough/ Sore throats and Runny nose
- Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
Stress, Anxiety and Depression
At Peninsula Acupuncture and Natural Medicine we regularly treat a range of psychological and emotional disorders with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, with good results.
In addition to treating conditions like depression and anxiety, we have helped many patients to reduce their dependence on medications such as anti-depressants and manage withdrawal symptoms. We work closely with mental health practitioners such as psychiatrists and psychologists to provide the best support for our patients.
We have expertise in treatments of the following;
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Assisting in Quitting Smoking or Reducing Medications
- Hormonal Mood Disorders
- Post Natal-Depression
Controlling weight can be a frustrating process, especially when there are so many different weight loss diets with conflicting information about what works and what doesn’t. Each weight loss program has its proponents but no one diet plan works for everyone. Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine been helping people lose weight for a long time.
Following the philosophy of bringing the body into balance, specific foods are used as another tool to enhance wellness while individual differences are taken into account.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can assist in weight loss by;
- Boosting a Sluggish Metabolism
- Alleviate Cravings
- Increase Energy levels
- Increase circulation
- Decrease pain associated with a new exercise regime
Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an one of the 5 branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine that has existed for over 2000 years - the other branches include Herbal Medicine, Tuina Massage, Chinese Diet Therapy and Moxibustion.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of hair like needles into prescribed acupoints proven to be effective in treating a broad range of health conditions.
How Does Acupuncture work?
Western medical theory believes that Acupuncture creates a number of changes within the body - it is known to increase blood circulation, release neurohormones key in relaxation and stress relief, increase white blood cell counts key in immune function, increase levels of Endorphins (bodies natural pain killer), increase blood flow to the area by creating a histamine reaction (used to treat musculoskeletal pain both acute and chronic) and is also able to block synapse signals to the brain through the Gate Control Theory (outcompeting pain signals hence blocking pain sensation) and is thus useful in pain control and ongoing pain management.
Chinese Medicine theory is that of the Meridian Theory involving the bodies energy - Qi (pronounced chi) and Blood. The Meridian theory involves a network of channels that link the body as a whole entity carrying the Qi and Blood within it. By using acupoints on these meridians Acupuncture can regulate the flow of Qi and restore the harmonious balance of the Meridian system.
What are the benefits of Chinese medicine?
As a natural form of healing, acupuncture has the following benefits:
- Provides drug-free pain relief,
- Effectively treats a wide range of acute and chronic ailments,
- Treats the underlying cause of disease and illness as well as the symptoms,
- Provides a holistic approach to the treatment of disease and illness, linking body, mind and emotions,
- Assists in the prevention against disease and illness as well as the maintenance of general well-being.
Chinese herbal medicine also takes a holistic approach to understanding normal function and disease processes and focuses as much on the prevention of illness as on the treatment. Most diseases or illnesses present with a core set of recognisable signs and symptoms, but the actual presentation of a particular disease or illness will vary from person to person. For this reason, people with similar health conditions may be provided with quite different Chinese herbal medicine prescriptions. If required a Chinese herbal formula that specifically matches and treats your individual health problem will be formulated. As your condition changes and improves with treatment, the Chinese herbal treatment is also adjusted and modified until the desired health outcome is achieved.
What conditions can Chinese Medicine treat?
The World Health Organisation and National Health Organisation have deemed Acupuncture effective in the treatment of; bronchial asthma, wry neck, constipation, diarrhoea, duodenal ulcers, headaches, migraines, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, low back pain, sciatica and osteoarthritis.
Clinical experience also confirms that many other conditions can be effectively treated such as most gynaecological complaints, infertility, fibromyalgia, and allergies.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture carries the stigma of a painful treatment, however most patients discover that acupuncture is quite a relaxing and enjoyable experience. The needles used are single use needles and are the width of a human hair and for this reason very little pain is noticed and no bleeding is usually apparent. Most patients notice a grabbing or slight tingling sensation, followed by warmth around the surrounding area with relaxation. Post treatment patients typically feel quite lethargic and relaxed.
How many treatments will I need?
This varies widely, depending on the duration, severity and nature of your health concern. An acute condition may resolve within a few treatments, with chronic problems being treated or managed over a longer period of time. It is best to schedule once or twice a week to begin with to gauge the effectiveness for you. Some conditions need continued treatment on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis. The benefits of treatment are cumulative and once patients feel better they come less frequently to maintain the results.
Does insurance cover the treatment?
Yes, different health funds cover varying amounts for treatments. We are registered with the major health funds and have an HICAPS facility to claim your rebate at the time of your treatment.