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Acupuncture – The Ancient Science

Acupuncture is an integral part of ancient Chinese medicine, with a growing research body that is looking into the science behind its mechanism as well as its efficacy for a wide range of conditions. It has especially gained increasing interest for the management of acute and chronic pain, nausea and emotional stress. During an acupuncture treatment, the practitioner inserts very fine needles into specific points on the body to help balance the nervous system and restore the healthy flow of Qi and blood throughout the body.

Here at the Metabolic Health Hub, Dr Christin Zeller (Chinese medicine) supports the whole family, from newborns to seniors, providing a gentle and natural way to restore physical, mental and emotional well-being. As a mum of a toddler herself, she also has developed a special interest in treating babies and children with paediatric acupressure, massage (tuina) and/or paediatric acupuncture.

How can acupuncture help?

Acupuncture is an integral part of Chinese medicine. It follows a holistic approach that helps balance the nervous system, aiming at resolving the root cause of a health issue. In Chinese medicine, a patient’s physical, mental and emotional well-being are closely intertwined. Acupuncture and auxiliary methods may assist patients who suffer from acute and chronic pain as well as depression related to chronic pain. Rather than treating conditions, we see the patient as a whole, based on Chinese medicine theory.

If you have any questions as to whether acupuncture is right for you, please do not hesitate to reach out to Christin.

Questions? We can help…

Is acupuncture the same as dry needling?

Acupuncture and dry needling share similarities and differences. We use the same acupuncture needles, but the main difference is in the scope of application, which is considerably wider in Chinese medicine.

Dry Needling is practised by many health and wellness professions in Australia and is restricted to the treatment of musculoskeletal issues. The treatment is always local to the affected tissues. Often electrostimulation is added, which is highly effective to achieve musculoskeletal pain relief and regain function.

In comparison, Chinese medicine has a complex underlying medical theory and may treat people with musculoskeletal and other physical, mental and emotional health issues. We always form a Chinese medicine diagnosis, aiming to treat the root cause that led to the problem in the first place. At the Metabolic Health Hub in Wilston, our practitioner Christin uses many modern aspects of acupuncture such as electrostimulation, trigger and motor point acupuncture.  As an experienced acupuncturist, Christin is an AHPRA registered health practitioner and holds a 4-year bachelor’s degree.

What does acupuncture actually do?

Acupuncture aims to balance the nervous system, restoring a healthy flow of Qi and blood throughout the body to support patients on a physical, mental or emotional level.

What does an acupuncture treatment look like?

Before your first session, you will receive a questionnaire in which you are invited to provide information about your health as well as your health goals. When we first meet, we will discuss these and use further diagnostic methods to elaborate a treatment plan. Sometimes further treatments like herbs, cupping, moxibustion and other auxiliary methods can be included in your plan, thereby following a holistic approach to rebalancing the body, mind and emotions and tackling the root cause of your health issue. If you have any questions, we’ll discuss them before starting your treatment. Your first acupuncture treatment will include a select number of acupuncture points aiming to bring back your body’s natural balance.

Is Acupuncture for everyone?

Acupuncture therapy is highly adaptable and suitable for patients of any age, from newborns through to senior patients. Depending on the patient’s constitution and well-being, treatments will vary in intensity. Sometimes, such as for children, pregnant women or elderly patients, we will use fewer points, press-tack needles (“stickers”) or other non-invasive treatment methods such as acupressure and massage.  All these modalities have the same therapeutic aim, rebalancing the flow of Qi and blood in the body.

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