Acupuncture is a system of healing that focuses on improving the overall well being of the patient. Health problems are helped by the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points. Originating in China, these points have been mapped out over two thousand years and have more recently been confirmed through electromagnetic research. Traditional acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of Qi (energy), also referred to as Chi and Xue (blood) through distinct pathways or meridians that cover the body. Acupuncture, that is inserting special needles into acupoints, stimulates and enhances the free flow of Qi, therefore regulating the harmonious energetic balance of the body. This consequently relieves pain and restores health.


Conditions help with Acupuncture

Base on a systemic review and meta analysis of the current literature available for 122 conditions resulted in a recent report called The Acupuncture Evidence Project: A Comparative Literature Review (Revised Edition), (2017, McDonald J and Janz S, Brisbane, Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA)(Click here to read), Acupuncture can strongly support the following conditions effectiveness: 

  • – Allergic rhinitis (perennial & seasonal)
  • Knee osteoarthritis
  • Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (with
  • Migraine prophylaxis
  • Chronic low back pain – Postoperative nausea & vomiting
  •  Headache (tension-type and chronic) – Postoperative pain

The report highlighted there was significant scientific evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture for the following conditions:

  • Pain– low back, neck, shoulder, heel, lateral elbow, pelvic, temporomandibular (TMJ), sciatica, back or pelvic pain during pregnancy, pelvic and prostatitis pain, labour pain, cancer pain, headache (tension and chronic), migraine prophylaxis, postoperative pain and knee osteoarthritis
  • Emotional– anxiety, cancer-related fatigue, depression (with medication), insomnia, PTSD
  • Digestive– irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, postoperative and chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting
  • Respiratory– allergic rhinitis, asthma in adults
  • Miscellaneous– menopausal hot flushes, restless legs syndrome, smoking cessation, hypertension (with medication), moderating sensory perception thresholds, dry eye

How does Acupuncture Work

The location of the points selected, the nature of the problem, the patient’s size and age and the acupuncturist’s style are all factors that will determine how deep the needles actually go. Acupuncture needles are usually inserted from 1/8 to 1 inch in depth. The patient will feel some cramping, heaviness, distention, tingling, or electric sensation either around the needle or travelling along the energy pathway. However the pain level is considered mild. During the treatment the patient will need to uncover the area on which they will be worked and will usually lie on a massage table. The number of treatments required for healing varies depending on the duration, severity and nature of the complaint.

The quality and quantity of scientific research into the effectiveness of acupuncture is increasing and we are only beginning to be able to understand and measure how acupuncture works.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has evolved over 5,000 years in China, making it one of the oldest health systems still in use today.

TCM includes acupuncture but also incorporates Chinese Herbal Medicine and other treatment modalities which offer a different set of diagnostics tools and methods available that can help manage your symptoms and improve your well-being.

Refferal: John McDonald & Stephen Janz
          The Acupuncture Evidence Project A Comparative Literature Review