Acupuncture is an ancient medical practice that's a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Acupuncture requires the insertion of fine, metal, one-time use needles to stimulate specific points on the body to bring about a therapeutic effect, through improving ‘Qi’. ‘Qi’ (pronounced chi) is the energy flow created along the pathways that connect the acupuncture points on the body. The pathways between the points are called meridians, which are also connected to organs in the body. If there is an imbalance of Qi, it can create or accentuate pain, or inhibit the body’s ability to heal itself.
Therefore, through putting pressure on specific points with acupuncture needles, symptoms and various health conditions can be relieved such as:
Acupuncture can also help assist and improve the following:
While the experience can be different for everyone, acupuncture usually doesn't cause discomfort or pain!
Nicole Li is a qualified, registered and experienced acupuncturist with over 29 years clinical experience in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). She holds a medical diploma in TCM, with a Master's Degree in Acupuncture from RMIT University.