Acupuncture (zhenjiu;针灸)

Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific sites (acu-points) along the body’s meridians. Simulating these acu-points clears energy blockages and encourages the normal flow of qi through the body.

The acu-points may also be stimulated using other methods, including moxibustion, cupping, laser therapy, electrostimulation, and massage, in order to re-establish the flow of qi

How can acupuncture help you?

Acupuncture is effective in the treatment of a wide range of common and not so common health conditions. It can also assist with general health maintenance and disease prevention. By strengthening and enhancing normal body functions, the immune system is regulated and a general sense of well-being promoted.

Some conditions suitable for treatment with acupuncture include:

    • Painful conditions (such as headache, migraine, osteoarthritis. renal colic, biliary colic, post-operative pain, dental analgesia)
    • Musculoskeletal conditions (such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, sports injuries, back & neck pain, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia. rheumatism)
    • Neurological conditions (such as sciatica, trigeminal neuralgia, peripheral neuropathy, stroke sequelae, Bell’s palsy)
    • Gynaecological problems (such as painful menstruation, irregular periods, premenstrual syndrome, menopausal syndrome)
    • Gastrointestinal disorders (such as nausea, vomiting, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhoea, gastric/duodenal ulcer, chronic ulcerative colitis, loss of appetite)
    • Ear, nose & throat disorders (such as sinusitis, rhinitis, tonsillitis, sore throat, mouth ulcers, tinnitus, Meniere’s disease)
    • Urogenital disorders (such as prostatitis, impotence, retained urine, urinary tract infection
    • Cardiovascular disorders (such as primary hypotension, high blood pressure, angina pectoris)
    • Addictions (such as smoking and drug withdrawals)
    • Other Common cold and influenza, cough, allergies and immunity, gout, anxiety, depression, stress, insomnia, chronic fatigue syndrome and skin disorders

The Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd

The Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association Ltd (AACMA) is the leading national professional association of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners. AACMA represents the national benchmark standard in TCM education and practice which must be met before accreditation and membership can be obtained.

AACMA members are bound to a high standard of ethical and professional conduct through adherence to our national practitioner accreditation standards, Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

AACMA practitioner members are accredited with the Australian Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner Accreditation Board, established by AACMA in 2003 with the support of the Commonwealth Complementary Therapies Funding Program.

A modern profession

In Australia, AACMA TCM practitioners are qualified primary contact health care professionals. Most practitioners operate in Private practice, however there are increasing numbers working from community health centres or in academic and/or clinical research.

Qualified practitioners are educated in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, diagnosis and assessment as well as ie Western bio-medical sciences. Clinical decision-making end patient management strategies are also influenced by contemporary Western approaches to health care, such as infection control practices and the known interactions of herbal medicines with pharmaceuticals or other therapeutic substances.

Some substances that were once part of traditional TCM usage, such herbs that are now on the endangered species list, are no loger used in contemporary professional TCM practice.