Acupuncture relieves obstructions and relaxes the nervous system to relax and restore functional health to your body.
Specifically acupuncture is a treatment method of Chinese medicine where fine acupuncture pins are inserted into specific acupoints.
What acupuncture does
When there are blockages to the free flow of Xue and Qi, disease occurs as the body struggles to maintain harmony within itself.
This is best captured in the famous quote traced back to historical Chinese Medicine master Li Dong Yuan 通则不痛，痛则不通 “If there is free flow there is no pain, if there is pain there is no free flow”.
This concept is seen as analogous to the need for nutrients (Ying Qi – an aspect of Qi) and oxygen (Da Qi – a different aspect of Qi) to be distributed through the healthy circulation of blood (Xue) through the body.
Acupuncture aims to release obstruction and regulate the flow of blood and Qi, providing a drug-free approach to managing your pain and health concerns.
These blockages may arise as a result of the body’s difficulty in dealing with stressful influences such as the external climate, mental and emotional stress, overwork, poor diet, lack of exercise, toxic overload and trauma, among others.
How acupuncture works
Acupuncture helps to disperse and prevent these blockages by mechanically releasing constrictions in the fascia (connective) tissue1 which allows nutrients and energy to freely reach throughout your body, encouraging its natural healing potential to take over.
The insertion of an acupuncture pin can stimulate sensory nerves, leading to affects on the central nervous system, decreasing sympathetic and increasing parasympathetic nervous system activity2. This helps to explain the calm and relaxed sensation many people experience after an acupuncture session.
Acupuncture benefits circulation through causing the blood vessels to dilate3, thus increasing healthy blood flow to diseased areas of the body
Acupuncture in the clinic
Acupuncture is a key component of Chinese medicine and is often used in conjunction with moxibustion. Classical Oriental texts have referred to the use of this amazing modality for more than 2000 years.
The selection of points utilised in an acupuncture session are individually chosen based on your presenting pattern(s), which are determined through careful questioning, observation and palpation of the body. These choices draw upon thousands of years of observation of the systemic effects of specific acupoints.
These observations have led to the development of a theory of how different areas and functions of the body relate to each other, meaning that points are often selected that are located far away from the site of injury or disease.
Training to become an acupuncturist in Australia involves a 4-5 year Bachelors degree. This includes study in Western medical sciences as well as the underlying theories and of Chinese medicine.
Much emphasis is placed on learning the modalities such as acupuncture with hundreds of hours of supervised clinical practice.
Acupuncture is best performed by a properly educated and registered acupuncturist for the safest and most effective treatments for your current health.
Acupuncture at Dantian Health
There are many different styles of acupuncture that have developed throughout the ages, and in different regions of Asia.
At Dantian Health, Jason has training in many different styles such as classical techniques from the oldest techniques through to more ‘modern’ styles such as Tung, Tan and Five Element approaches.
The primary style of focus is that of Japanese Nagano style acupuncture as taught by Kiiko Matsumoto sensei and Tsuyoshi Shimamura sensei.
Master Kiyoshi Nagano was a blind acupuncturist in Japan from the early 20th century, who was both a keen scholar of the classical texts and of Western medical ideas. His incredible pulse and palpatory skills led to the development of his unique style of practice.
Dantian Health offers acupuncture at two locations – Brunswick in inner north Melbourne and Yarrambat in the north east.
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