Acupuncture and Moxibustion

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the needling of targeted points on the body surface to bring about specific therapeutic effects (commonly pain relief). It relies on the meridians (or channels) system, a coherent network of points all over the body discovered by ancient Chinese medical practitioners thousands of years ago. Research has shown that the stimulation of these points activates or deactivates certain areas of the central and peripheral nervous system. With the right point selection, treatment aims to engage the body’s own powers of self healing, moving the patient closer to a state of health and wellbeing.

How do you do Acupuncture and is it safe?

The needles used in acupuncture are disposable, single-use, made of medical-grade stainless steel and slightly thicker than a strand of human hair. They are usually inserted anywhere from 2mm to 2cm deep into skin, and left in place for 15 to 20 minutes.

How often do I need to attend for acupuncture therapy?

Ideally treatments are repeated once to twice a week for a variable period, depending on the chronicity of the condition being treated. The milder and more acute the condition, the fewer the number of treatments required. Chronic conditions usually require treatment for a longer period of time.

What is Moxibustion?

Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy, that dates back even further than acupuncture. It involves the burning of moxa (made from the medicinal herb mugwort Artemisia vulgaris), and can be broadly divided into direct and indirect types. Direct moxibustion is the burning of moxa on and in contact with the skin, the moxa used for this application is very pure, and formed into a small cone the size of a rice grain. For the indirect type of moxibustion, a moxa roll (or stick) is ignited and held above the acupoint for a longer time. Both forms of moxibustion use the heat of burning mugwort to stimulate the point, instead of acupuncture using a metal needle.

What are some of the problems which respond to this treatment?

Some of the more common conditions treated would be musculoskeletal pain (including back pain, tennis elbow, and osteoarthritis), morning sickness in pregnancy, Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), anxiety, stress and insomnia.

Are the doctors qualified for this treatment and who do I see for these?

At Casey Medical Centre, all the doctors who offer these treatment options have had training through the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) – Dr. Wilson Zhang performs both acupuncture and moxibustion and Drs. Sam Auteri and Tom Everitt perform acupuncture alone.

Please feel free to make an appointment to discuss what treatment options might assist you with your symptoms.