Acupuncture is one of the many treatments that belong to the wider application of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific sites and locations of the body and these points are chosen depending on the presenting complaint. Acupuncture has been practised for thousands of years with clear documentation dating back to at least 300 BC. Acupuncture, like all medical interventions has evolved over this time with each generation growing the knowledge and application of the practise. So although it is one of the oldest lasting medical interventions it is continually kept up to date and is a viable intervention for most modern complaints and concerns.
Acupuncture, especially with the combination of herbal medicine and supplementation has a significant amount of scientific evidence supporting its use in providing a viable intervention for many health concerns that patients experience, including:
Performed correctly Acupuncture should be more or less painless, occasionally a patient may feel a slight sting for a fraction of a second upon the initial insertion of the needles (An acupuncturist uses needles about one tenth of the thickness of a standard immunisation needle).
In Australia it is illegal to claim to be an Acupuncturist or to perform Acupuncture without being registered and Accredited by AHPRA (they're the government body who registers and regulates GPs, Specialists, Dentists, etc) as an Acupuncturist or practitioner of Chinese Medicine. The minimum standard of education in order to become accredited is a 4 year Bachelors degree in Acupuncture. So you know that when you see Ben Ludlow, our expert Acupuncturist, you are in safe, qualified, and highly experienced hands. For your safety, always check that if you are receiving Acupuncture, or anything that resembles Acupuncture elsewhere that you are seeing a registered Acupuncturist, if it resembles Acupuncture and is not being called Acupuncture, this may be because the person is not suitably qualified to perform Acupuncture and may have very little or no training.