Acupuncture at Revive
(Health fund rebates are available for acupuncture)
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has widely been used throughout Asia and other countries for many centuries to revitalise and maintain people’s health. The goal of acupuncture is to establish a healthier state of body function by restoring the body’s natural balance.
Fine, single use, sterile needles are used to stimulate different acupuncture points which lie on meridians (that roughly follow the nervous and circulatory system) on a person’s body to treat an array of health conditions and relieve pain. By stimulating these points with needles, the quality and quantity of energy (Qi) and fluids can be normalised. Often an area or acupuncture point is warmed and stimulated by a Chinese herb. This process is called Moxibustion.
What does acupuncture treat (please see the bottom of the page for a full list):
Headaches and Migraines
Fertility and pregnancy support
Gynaecological (PMS, menopause etc)
Oncology support - see HERE for more information on our ONCOLOGY rehab services
High or Low Blood Pressure
Low Back Pain, Sciatic pain
Insomnia, stress, anxiety
Sinus, Hay fever
Systemic conditions: Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis etc
What does a treatment look like?
You will be asked questions to determine what treatment is best to assist you achieving your goal. Your pulse and tongue (and sometimes your abdomen) may be assessed according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles. TCM theory will be explained to you in a way that you can understand.
You will lie down in a private room. Needles will be placed into acupoints along meridians. You may have some heat applied (moxibustion) which is very warming and soothing. Suction cupping or other TCM techniques (eg: Guasha, a Chinese spoon rubbed along skin to improve circulation) may be applied with your consent.
During the treatment you may receive some supportive advice. Examples may be tips for reducing stress or TCM dietary suggestions to assist with optimal function of your body.
Does it hurt?
Generally, no. There may be some minor discomfort with insertion of some needles, please let your acupuncturist know if this occurs. Some people feel so relaxed they even fall asleep.
Fertility, IVF support, Pregnancy and Post-Partum Acupuncture
Recent research shows acupuncture can be used to increase fertility. If women are wanting to fall pregnant naturally, it assists in preparation of the uterus, regulation of the cycles, quality of the eggs and miscarriage prevention. Acupuncture can assist male fertility by improving the sperm count and motility. It also can be used to address poor sleep, high stress and other factors associated with infertility.
Acupuncture can assist and support all Assistive Reproductive Technologies (IVF, IUI etc). For those seeking IVF, some research has shown acupuncture can significantly improve implantation rates.
Once a woman is pregnant some acupuncture points cannot be needled, however many points can still be used safely to treat side effects of pregnancy: morning sickness, sciatica, fatigue, feeling emotional, sore low back etc.
Shortly before birth of the baby, the mother can receive acupuncture treatments for labour preparation (allowing an easier birth) and labour induction. She can also receive acupuncture to prevent breach birth, the treatment literally turns the baby and is much more comfortable that manually turning the baby. If a woman is overdue, acupuncture can help to relax her body so that it can perform it's natural functions.
Once the birth has taken place it takes the mother roughly 6-12 months to rebuild her energy levels. Acupuncture can be used to treat fatigue, post-natal depression, haemorrhoids, prolapse, incontinence, mastitis and any other post-natal concerns. It even assists with scar healing. In a nutshell, acupuncture post-natally will help to restore the body more quickly.
Full list of conditions treated by acupuncture
Recognised by the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA). Conditions recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) are in bold.
Headaches, migraines, difficulty sleeping, nervous tension, stroke, some forms of deafness, facial and inter-costal neuralgia, trigeminal neuralgia, some forms of paralysis, sequelae of poliomyelitis, peripheral neuropathy, noises in the ears, dizziness, Menier's disease.
High or low blood pressure, fluid retention, chest pain, angina pectoris, poor circulation, cold hands and feet, muscle cramps.
Bronchial asthma, acute and chronic bronchitis, acute tonsillitis, rhinitis, sinusitis, hay fever, chronic cough, laryngitis, sore throat, influenza and the common cold.
Toothache, post-extraction pain, gingivitis, mouth ulcers, hiccough, spasms of the oesophagus, gastric and duodenal ulcers, gastric hyperacidity, gastritis, heartburn, hiatus hernia syndrome, flatulence, paralytic ileus, colitis, diarrhoea, constipation, haemorrhoids, liver and gall bladder disorders, weight control.
Cystitis, prostatitis, orchitis, low sexual vitality, urinary retention, kidney disorders, nocturnal enuresis, neurogenic bladder dysfunction.
GYNAECOLOGICAL AND OBSTETRIC DISORDERS
Premenstrual tension, painful, heavy or irregular, or the absence of periods, abnormal uterine bleeding or discharge, hormonal disturbances, disorders associated with menopause, prolapse of the uterus or bladder, difficulty with conception, morning sickness.
Eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, nerve rash, herpes zoster, acne, scar tissue and resultant adhesions, hair loss and dandruff.
Visual disorders, red, sore, itchy or watery eyes, conjunctivitis, simple cataracts, myopia in children, central retinitis.
Osteoarthritis, sciatica, lumbago, weak back, low back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, tenosynovitis, shoulder and neck pain, cervicobrachial syndrome, "frozen shoulder", "tennis elbow".
Sprained ankles and knees, cartilage problems, corking and tearing of muscles, torn ligaments and bruises.
Depression, phobias, emotional disturbances, anxiety, nervousness and addictions such as smoking.
(AACMA Brochure 'Acupuncture and Your Health')