Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin needles through your skin at specific points on the body. It is a key aspect of Chinese medicine, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain but can be also used to effectively treat a wide range of health conditions and symptoms. Find out more here
Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as qi — believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians homeostasis or balance is restored to the body.
Western science views the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, hormone release, muscles and connective tissue. A way of influencing the body’s own regulatory mechanisms.
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Is acupuncture the same as dry needling?
No. There are certainly some similarities as they use the same type of needles but there are also vast differences. Essentially dry needling targets ‘trigger points’ where neuromuscular junctions occur and can be used to assist in releasing tight muscles.
This method in acupuncture is called ‘ashi’ or tender point needling and is only one part of a multitude of various techniques that can be used to resolve your symptom. Acupuncture also provides a wider range of conditions it can treat as well as musculoskeletal issues including insomnia, anxiety, depression, pms, endometriosis, menopause, infertility, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, digestive complaints, heartburn, constipation, and diarrhoea as just an example. For a more complete list of complaints that can be effectively treated using acupuncture click here
Training is also a big difference when comparing dry needling to acupuncture. In many cases a dry needling practitioner can become qualified in a weekend whereas a registered acupuncturist has to under go hundreds of hours of training specifically in needling. So there is certainly a big difference when comparing the two.
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Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is relatively safe when in the hands of a qualified and experienced practitioner. However it is important you are aware that there is a very minor risk of some cases causing pain, bleeding, bruising, pneumothorax or death.
There have been no known cases of death in Australia caused by acupuncture and only a small handful of cases of pneumothorax have occurred in Australia.
Registered acupuncturists like Jeff Shearer are required to have hundreds of hours of needling training to be registered under the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia. The increase in popularity of dry needling has led to a large divide in the potential safety of needling practices as dry needling practitioners are not required to adhere to any specific number of training hours. Registered acupuncture practitioners on average have upto 1000 hours of needle specific training. When in doubt seek acupuncture from a registered acupuncturist to ensure you are being handled with the utmost safety.
The risk of infection is very low and all practitioners adhere to a stringent code of skin penetration including the use of sterile one-use disposable needles.
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How does acupuncture work? Explaining the science
Acupuncture points run along a series of meridians (like electrical wires) and act like switches. Sometimes these switches get turned off and need to be turned back on using acupuncture. This allows the power of the body to be delivered where it is needed so your body can function at its very best.
Acupuncture points until recently were unable to be identified by western science. A 2014 study using CT scans have now proved unequivocally that they exist, Numerous randomised control trials have been carried out over a long period of time proving the efficacy of acupuncture in the treatment of numerous conditions.
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Does Acupuncture hurt?
The needles most people are used to receiving are the hypodermic variety we get if we need and injection from the doctor. As these needles need to deliver a liquid into the blood stream they are hollow and need to have a larger diameter and they are also sharpened to cut the skin
The needles used in acupuncture are very fine and are designed to separate the fibre of the skin and therefore create less tissue damage and therefore pain. In most cases clients feel no pain or sensation at all. We use needles that are 0.22mm in diameter.
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How long does acupuncture take to work?
Acupuncture generally has some form of immediate effect on the body. Some people depending on their own sensitivity can feel the effect straight away while others may take some time to notice a change.
Acupuncture works on a cumulative effect and the benefits increase with the number of treatments. For long term chronic ailments treatment may take longer than short term acute conditions. To discuss your particular situation feel free to contact us.
The actual treatment time in this case will last approximately 55minutes. This will not necessarily be the period of which you will have acupuncture needles left in as time is needed for observation, diagnosis and other treatment methods may be utilised. Generally the needles are left in for between 10 and 45 minutes.
What are acupuncture meridians?
In Chinese Medicine, acupuncture meridians are pathways recently identified using CT scans that run through our body. These meridians provide a complex connection between parts of the body and when used effectively with acupuncture can help create a re-balancing or return to homeostasis in the body. There are 20 meridians in the human body. 12 of these meridians connect an organ to either the hand or the foot.
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Are Chinese herbs safe?
All Chines herbs dispensed from Evolve Natural Medicine are high quality and meet the Australian Therapeutic Goods Authority standards. Jeff Shearer is a nationally registered practitioner (through AHPRA) for acupuncture practice and the dispensing of Chinese herbs, which requires extensive training in both Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture.
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A common question from potential clients is, do Chinese herbs taste bad?
Some people find that Chinese herbs in raw or powdered form are too unpalatable to take. That’s why we provide the option of herbal capsules as well as powdered herbs and liquid herbs in order to meet your specific needs.
Our liquid herbs produced in Switzerland under the strictest of production methods to ensure you have the highest quality and can be assured your herbs are free from any chemicals or heavy metals.
At Evolve Natural Medicine we dispense herbs in powdered, tablets and liquid form. There’s no need to stink out your house and annoy your family or flatmates. All of our herbs are easy to take and high quality ensuring you get the best results. For more information feel free to contact us
The owner of Evolve Natural Medicine:
Jeff Shearer, acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist.
What does registration mean? Well in 2012 Chinese medicine became a registered health profession as a way of protecting the public from poorly trained practitioners. A registered practitioner now requires a 5 year degree to be accepted under the national scheme. Registration requires the use of the terms acupuncturist and Chinese medicine practitioner be restricted to those with adequate training. Acupuncture however is not protected under the act so to be sure you are getting the real deal make sure you are being treated by a registered for acupuncturist and/ or Chinese medicine practitioner.
How Jeff Shearer works.
Jeff looks at the whole picture. This means you can enjoy short-term relief. But, more importantly, Jeff works to address underlying causes. The result? Long-term results are more likely to be achieved.
Depending on your situation Jeff can incorporate acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, craniosacral therapy, diet, exercise and lifestyle advice to make sure you feel better and better
The consultation period lasts for 55 minutes. This includes Jeff taking your case, using a variety of diagnostic techniques and the actual treatment itself.
Consultations are $80 for a 55-minute treatment.
Note: Supplements (herbs, vitamins, etc.) are extra.
WiIl you need supplements? It depends. Jeff may discuss supplement options with you – but it’s ultimately your choice.
The craniosacral therapist holds the client’s skull and sacrum lightly, making subtle movements. These small, gentle manipulations influence the pressure and circulatory rhythm of the fluid that surrounds and cushions the brain and spinal cord. Through this barely detectible manipulation, restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system are released.