Potential Health Benefits of Acupuncture in Canberra
Acupuncture is a popular treatment at our Canberra clinic. Many of our patients report feeling better – physically and mentally – after several acupuncture sessions. We often use herbal remedies in tandem with acupuncture at Canberra Classic Chinese Medicine Centre. Although acupuncture isn’t covered by Medicare, some private health insurance policies cover acupuncture in Canberra.
Key Features of Acupuncture in Canberra
- Acupuncture seeks to relieve pain and stress without drugs.
- Acupuncture is holistic in its approach – focusing on mind, body, and spirit.
- Acupuncture is regulated in Australia and considered relatively safe (if administered by a qualified and registered acupuncturist).*
* Like any medical procedure, acupuncture carries an element of risk.
Health Conditions that May Benefit from Acupuncture
Acupuncture is used by the team at Canberra Classic Chinese Medicine Centre to relieve pain, stress, fatigue, and nausea. Acupuncture may benefit the following health conditions:-
- Acute and/or chronic pain
- Allergies and sinus problems
- Anxiety and depression
- Chronic fatigue
- Dental pain
- Digestive problems
- Headaches and migraines
- Menstrual pain
- Morning sickness
- Musculoskeletal problems, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, and osteoarthritis
- Nausea and vomiting (following chemotherapy treatment)
- Postoperative pain
- Stiff neck and/or shoulder
- Stress and tension
- Weight management
In Australia, acupuncturists must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). The acupuncturists at Canberra Classic Chinese Medicine Centre are not only AHPRA-registered but highly qualified and experienced as well.
Health Conditions that Aren’t Suitable for Acupuncture
Acupuncture isn’t suitable for people with the following:-
- Bleeding disorders, such as haemophilia and Von Willebrand disease (VWD).
- Seizure disorders – namely epilepsy.
- Pacemakers or implantable automatic defibrillators (ICDs).
- Certain skin conditions, such as cutaneous malignancies and active staph infections.
- Heart conditions requiring anticoagulants (blood thinners).
During your initial acupuncture session at Canberra Classic Chinese Medicine Centre, you’ll undergo a high-level physical examination and be asked questions about your health and medical history. Patients who are pregnant need to disclose this (to prevent needling of the abdomen and lumbosacral region).
The Rationale Behind Acupuncture
Acupuncture (along with herbs) is an integral part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which is over 3,000 years old. Canberra Classic Chinese Medicine Centre provides traditional Chinese acupuncture services from its modern clinic in the Canberra suburb of Deakin.
The rationale behind acupuncture is that it unblocks and stimulates the vital energy (qi or ch’i) that flows through the meridians (“paths”) in the human body. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), there are 12 “principal” meridians, divided into Yin and Yang categories.
Strict Hygiene and Ethical Standards
The acupuncture team at Canberra Classic Chinese Medicine Centre uses only sterile, disposable needles. All our acupuncturists are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and adhere to the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia’s code of conduct. More information on Dr Linda and Dr Ricky can be found on the About page.
To enquire about our acupuncture services in Canberra or to make a booking, please call (02) 5105 9049 or 0401 178 828. Canberra Classic Chinese Medicine Centre provides a HICAPS terminal for added convenience.