Demystifying Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine

Have you considered trying Chinese medicine but just haven’t been able to get your head around the concepts and mechanisms of this traditional practice? Chinese medicine is over 5000 years old, but only in the last 30 years, with the increase in scientific evidence, has it began building in popularity in the West.

  • What is acupuncture?
  • How does it differ from so called ‘dry needling’?
  • What conditions can it help treat?
  • What are Chinese herbs?
  • How do they work?
  • Do they work with Western medication?

All this and more will be answered at our upcoming workshop this June where we will introduce the concepts behind acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine and give live demonstrations of the various modalities used in a typical session, including acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping and gua-sha.

You will learn about the effects different herb flavors have on your body and how we incorporate this knowledge into Chinese herbalism and diet therapy.

Come and join us to learn more about this age-old practice and how it may benefit you. Bring a friend along who might have been reluctant to explore acupuncture and Chinese medicine. We will answer all your questions and make sure that you consider it as a major modality on your path to health and wellbeing.

Book your seat now and experience it for yourself, we can’t wait to see you there.

Dry Needling vs Acupuncture

Dry Needling vs Acupuncture

What is dry needling?

The practice of dry needling involves inserting an Acupuncture needle into a trigger point (tender spot). It is generally used to treat pain associated with injuries. Dry needling is often conducted by Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and Chiropractors, or Remedial Masseurs to complement their treatment modality. Dry needling can be effective in relieving pain or discomfort associated with an area of your body.

Dry needling programs run for several days and the rudimentary understanding on how to needle a trigger point is easily picked up. The increasing use of the term dry needling has caused some confusion and hence this short article. Acupuncture may involve dry needling techniques but goes beyond inserting a needle into a tender spot on tight band of muscles. Acupuncturists study for at least 4 years and in Australia are registered with the Chinese Medicine Registration board.

Acupuncture involves accessing our body’s energy system. It also differentiates between draining or supplementing, moving or concentrating (energy). Acupuncture assists the body in optimal functioning. It balances the mind, organises soft tissue, relieves pain or aches, vitalizes and much more (depending on your circumstances).

While Acupuncture is considered very safe in the hands of well-trained practitioners, it has been associated with a range of complications, some of them of serious nature. The treatment with Acupuncture generally does not have any adverse effects, however, it must be noted that some recipients might experience a worsening of symptoms in the first 48 hours before the condition improves. Acupuncture causes a deep state of relaxation and a genuine feeling of well being.

If you have any questions about dry needling or Acupuncture, please do not hesitate to contact us.