Orange Acupuncture Treatment
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical treatment technique believed to have been practised as from as much as 4000 years ago. It involves the insertion of a number of extremely fine needles into various points along the body’s network of acupuncture channels. Whilst truly ancient, its flexible theoretical framework means the practise is still very relevant in treating the illnesses of our current time.
Christopher Booth is a registered acupuncturist who has been practising this method since the late nineties. He prides himself on providing patients with expert help and effective treatments for a range of conditions.
How Does it Work?
In Chinese medical theory, each internal organ is connected with an external qi (energy) pathway. The stimulation of points along these pathways can influence the functioning of the internal organ, along with its associated tissues and relationships with other organs.
Put simply, any abnormalities to the flow of energy through these channels, such as a stagnation or blockage, may result in pain, disease or a number of other symptoms.
Needling points along these channels removes the blockages and promotes a clear flow of energy, which in turn brings health.
The flexible nature of these treatments means that it’s not possible to provide a complete list of possible benefits and conditions treated. There is, however, a constantly growing body of research which has established that it can effectively treat quite a range of different illnesses and health issues.
Points and Meridians
There are around 360 acupuncture points on 12 main meridians and 8 extraordinary meridians. The main channel points, along with a long list of non-channel points, cover most areas of the body. A point can be selected to treat a problem at its local area, or because of its specific effect on the internal organ that’s connected to the meridian.
There are many ways to stimulate an acupuncture point other than by needling it, and a number of massage therapy disciplines from around the world utilise these points in similar ways. Acupressure refers to massaging these points with various techniques other than a needle.
Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine in Orange
Traditional Chinese medicine uses a range of tools to treat disease, but the two main ones are acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.
Depending on the diagnosis, many treatments will involve a combination of these two. For example, a patient with frozen shoulder or sciatica pain may get sufficient benefit from acupuncture by itself, while a patient with chronic insomnia might only need to use herbs.
In most conditions, however, acupuncture and herbal medicine in combination achieve the best results.
Does it Hurt?
This treatment should produce a very mild sensation in the form of a dull ache, a throbbing sensation or electric shoot. This is a sign the needle is in place and is doing its work.
The feeling is often described as relieving, relaxing, and even enjoyable, not unlike a deep massage.
The needles are extremely fine so insertion does not give the same sharpness or “sting” that an injection or blood test does. It’s rare for patients to experience any discomfort from acupuncture, and thanks to the fineness of the needles, it’s more common to barely feel them at all.
Electro-acupuncture is an excellent enhancement to traditional methods and Dr Chris Booth uses it regularly at our Clinic in Orange
This treatment is used mainly to treat pain, musculoskeletal and neurological disorders and involves passing a mild electrical current between two needles. It’s particularly good at improving blood circulation, making it quite versatile.
Australian Health Care Funds
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises acupuncture is an effective treatment with benefits for a wide range of conditions in “Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials”.
Dr Christopher Booth offers private health fund rebates with all major private health insurers for both acupuncture and herbal medicine.
For effective acupuncture treatment services in Orange, make an appointment with Christopher Booth today. Call (02) 6361 9069 or contact us online.