In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) several techniques including acupuncture are utilised to help achieve and maintain good health.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine, sterile, single use, disposable needles into specific areas of the body, to elicit therapeutic effects. The origins of acupuncture date back over 2000 years, making it one of the world’s oldest and enduring systems of health care.
According to TCM there are more than 2000 acupuncture points linked by meridians or energy pathways on the bodies surface which connect with the internal organs and transport Qi (or electrical information) around the body. Interruptions to Qi flow are believed to predispose illness and disease. Gently stimulating acupuncture points with needles (and other techniques like massage, cupping, heat, moxibustion and electrical stimulation), encourages healthy flow of Qi. The circulation of blood and nutrients, modulation of the immune, endocrine and nervous systems as well as the production of neurotransmitters, anti-inflammatories and natural pain relieving chemicals may also be enhanced with acupuncture techniques.
Strong scientific evidence supports acupuncture treatments for a range of conditions including chronic and tension type headaches, migraine prophylaxis, chronic low back pain, postoperative pain, osteoarthritis, allergic rhinitis as well as postoperative and chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting. Moderate evidence exists for acupuncture treatments alleviating anxiety, acute low back pain, neck pain, IBS, menopausal symptoms, high blood pressure, post traumatic stress disorder, asthma, obesity and acute stroke symptoms.
Acupuncture treatment is most suitable for those :
+ Interested in a holistic approach to treatment
+ Looking to understand the underlying causes of their symptoms
+ Wanting drug-free pain or symptom management
+ Wanting drug-free mood or performance enhancement
+ Wanting drug-free deep relaxation and preventative health care
+ Willing to make necessary lifestyle and dietary changes to achieve clinically significant outcomes
What will happen in my first Naturopath session?
An initial consultation lasts around an hour. Allowing for a thorough discussion of your symptoms, goals, history, lifestyle and environment. Brendan may ask to look at your tongue, feel your pulse, strength test muscles or evaluate the range of joints, before discussing your TCM diagnosis and any suitable acupuncture techniques. The effects of acupuncture are accumulative, so in most cases a course of treatments will be recommended, with the the number and frequency and treatments depending on the individual.
What to expect?
Try to come to acupuncture appointments as ready to relax as possible, wearing comfortable, loose fitting clothing. While a slight sting upon needle insertion is common, acupuncture is generally not painful. Once inserted, a sensation of heaviness, itching, tingling or numbness is common while the needles are retained for 5-30 minutes.
Who will be my Acupuncturist
Brendan is particularly experienced working with chronic pain, stress, insomnia, headaches, arthritis, endometriosis, IBS, IBD, thyroid disorders, anxiety, depression, longevity and performance enhancement.
A member of Australia’s peak professional acupuncture body The Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association trained in both Western and Eastern Medicine perspectives, Brendan is an integrative practitioner who routinely refers clients to general practitioners, medical specialists and allied health practitioners for assessment and treatment beyond his scope of practice.
Brendan has completed extensive postgraduate studies in motor point acupuncture (dry needling), cosmetic acupuncture and TCM dietetic therapy.