Find your happy place with acupuncture.
Don’t trust your health to just anyone. With over 9,000 individual acupuncture sessions performed since 2006, Qi Medicine acupuncture Melbourne provides the highest quality care with compassionate, experienced female doctors.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient medicine developed over 5,000 years ago in China and remains widely used to address a variety of health and wellness issues.
Acupuncture is believed to work through balancing the body as a whole, not just focusing on one singular problem at a time. This balancing is achieved through activating meridians (energy pathways) throughout the body. If this concept seems a little foreign to you don’t worry, your body will naturally respond to the treatment even if your brain doesn’t fully understand it yet!
The modern scientific explanation is that needling a point will stimulate the nervous system to release chemicals and hormones in the muscles, the spinal cord, and the brain. It is thought that this stimulation can change the experience of pain and trigger a natural healing response in the body tissues. Sessions can also have a calming effect, altering our state of mind to reduce stress and anxiety.
The doctors at our Melbourne acupuncture clinic may be able to help you with any of the following issues:
Acupuncture for mood and anxiety
Acupuncture may be able to help alleviate the symptoms of mood disorders, including;
- Feeling stressed and under pressure
- Feeling anxious, tense and worried
- The symptoms associated with depression and feeling low or stuck
- Needing help to overcome difficult stages in life
- Sleeping issues and low energy
Acupuncture for pain relief
Acupuncture may be able to help with symptomatic relief of:
Shoulder pain, neck pain, and muscle tightness
Hip pain and stiffness slipped disc and sciatica pain (more about sciatica here)
Foot pain, knee pain, and heel pain
Tennis elbow, frozen shoulder pain
Discomfort from headaches and migraines
Pain from sports injuries, torn tendons, and muscles
Acupuncture for general health
Acupuncture may be able to assist you in a number of other areas including:
Sleeping problems and poor energy
Bloating, Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms and digestive problems
Eczema and dermatitis symptoms
Sinus congestion discomfort (Check out my video on quick sinus relief here)
Symptoms of hormonal imbalances, endometriosis, fibroids and menstrual pain
- Supporting pre and post conception and a focus on IVF, fertility and pregnancy acupuncture
- Assisting with hormonal acne and scarring (more on hormonal acne here)
- Menopausal symptoms and women’s health (read more about Chinese medicine and hormone imbalance here)
Does acupuncture hurt?
Our Melbourne clinic acupuncture and Chinese medicine Doctors specialise in taking first-time clients and will gently ease you through the whole process step by step. We promise you will feel comfortable and relaxed the whole time and leave feeling as light as a feather!
Your session is generally not painful as very fine needles are used to stimulate the points. Acupuncture is quite relaxing as the body is given a chance to stop, relax and heal itself. Other sensations felt during treatment include a slight tingling in the body, which is actually quite a pleasant experience.
What can you expect in a treatment?
Your session will consist of a consultation and treatment, along with dietary and lifestyle advice and supplements and herbs if needed. Your Doctor of Chinese medicine will ask you several questions about your current and past state of health, to gain a deep understanding of what is causing imbalances in your health.
Once your therapist has a whole picture of your health they can individualise a treatment to your specific needs. During your session, you will be able to fully relax in a private, comfortable room. The space at Qi Medicine is designed to let you fall into a deep state of relaxation, without interruption from the outside world. You will be encouraged to close your eyes and rest, allowing the treatment to promote healing in the body.
You will often feel very relaxed after a session. It is best to drink plenty of water and do not undergo intense physical or mental activity for a few hours after your session, to let the internal healing continue after you leave the clinic.
In accordance with the registration standards of the CMBA (Chinese Medicine Registration Board Australia) all registered Chinese Medicine practitioners are obliged to meet standards of safety and efficacy. Qi Medicine prides itself on following strict safety guidelines, ensuring your session is as safe and effective as possible.
- May provide ongoing symptomatic relief without drugs
- Promotes healing within your body without suppressing immunity
- May be used by people of all ages
- Does not result in ill side effects of some Western medications
- Sessions can be relaxing and rejuvenating and can leave you feeling calm and happy
- Rebates available in-house for private health insurance members
Acupuncture does not replace all medical treatments available, and your current healthcare provider should be consulted before you discontinue any other forms of treatment. Acupuncture will often complement Western medical treatments through encouraging healing and recovery.
During your session you may be asked if you would like one of the following adjunct therapies to assist in your treatment:
Chinese herbal medicine
As a part of the Chinese medicine treatment, you may be prescribed a specific high-quality herbal formula to compliment your acupuncture treatment. All herbal medicines prescribed are in tablet form for convenience and adhere to the strict Australian therapeutic medicines guidelines.
Cupping can be an effective tool for reducing back, neck and shoulder pain (read more about cupping here). It is generally not very painful but may leave some marks on the skin. These marks generally fade within one week. Cupping can easily be included in your treatment for a deeper release of tight muscles and tendons.
Moxa (or moxibustion) is an important part of many Chinese medicine treatments. It is designed to warm up the skin and acupuncture channels for a specific therapeutic effect. Moxa is a dried herb or a charcoal-like substance, compressed into a stick or cone, and smoldered close to the skin. It is not intended to burn, only warm the area and often feels very pleasant.
Advice about acupuncture’s potential side effects and results
On the whole, acupuncture is considered gentle, but like with any form of therapeutic intervention, there may be some unwanted side effects. These include:
- Bruising and tenderness at the site of treatment
- Feeling tired after treatment
- Some pain and redness at the insertion site
It is important to discuss your treatment options with your therapist first if you have any:
- Bleeding disorders
- Contagious blood diseases
- Easy bruising
- Metal allergies
Acupuncture is not a miracle treatment and it is important to understand that like any form of therapeutic intervention results are never guaranteed. Please take the time to discuss your treatment options with your healthcare provider before undergoing treatment. It is common to need to undergo a series of sessions to achieve therapeutic benefit with acupuncture, so please be mindful of this when considering treatment.
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Are we easy to get to?
Our acupuncture clinic is located in The Body and Brain Center, 356-362 Ascot Vale Rd, Moonee Ponds, in the North Western suburbs of Melbourne and close to Highpoint. Qi Medicine is minutes away from Ascot Vale, Avondale Heights, Maribyrnong, Brunswick West, Travancore, Flemington, Aberfeldie, Maidstone and Essendon, and just 10 km from Melbourne CBD.