LASER, NEEDLE AND EAR ACUPUNCTURE
Dr Mehdi Fazlian (MD FRACGP)
Member of The Australian Medical
Acupuncture CoLLEGE (AMAC)
An introduction to Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a very well-established Chinese method of treating some medical conditions. It is acknowledged by many doctors trained in Western medicine as an extra therapeutic tool to be used – as a complementary rather than as an alternative treatment for many ailments.
How Acupuncture works
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, which has been continuously practiced since 2,700 BC for over 4,000 years, treatment of an illness by acupuncture relies on the balancing of the individual’s vital energy or Qi (pronounced chee) between two opposite phases called Yin and Yang. Acupuncture facilitates the flow of Qi along several well-defined energetic channels in the body to help restore balance, facilitate healing and return to optimal health.
Modern research has shown there is a sound scientific basis to acupuncture. Reports from world Health Organization as well as several recent reviews published since, provides evidence to support this view.
Acupuncture is most effective when used as early as possible in the course of the medical problem after the appropriate medical assessment.
General information about Acupuncture
Acupuncture is suitable for people of all ages. However, for children/adults who are nervous about needles, other methods are available (e.g. laser acupuncture, acupressure and cupping) which eliminate the need for needles.
Is it painful?
Very fine needles are inserted through the skin at certain traditionally effective points. The patient may then feel a slight discomfort or a minimally painful sensation which often indicates that the treatment is working.
The patient’s condition must be accurately diagnosed before treatment is started. Because the skilled therapist must be aware of (& be able to cope with) any rare complications that may arise during treatment, acupuncture should be administered by registered qualified medical practitioners well-trained in anatomy, physiology, pathology & standard diagnostic techniques.
There are no risks to a patient of being infected by bacteria or viruses from the sterile, single-use disposable needles or equipment which have been properly sterilized (as are all surgical instruments).
Conditions Responsive to Acupuncture
- Musculoskeletal problems including but not limiting to Arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, Frozen shoulder, neck pain (e.g. whiplash injury), low back pain (lumbago) and sciatica and etc.
- Menstrual and other pelvic pain, PCOS, Irregular periods, menopausal flushes
- Migraine and other headaches
- Neuralgia e.g. diabetes, trigeminal or post-herpetic (shingles)
- Post-operative pain; pain from: scars, colic or “phantom limb” syndrome
- “Restless legs” and night cramps
- Depression, PTSD, Anxiety, Insomnia
- Allergies or eczema, itchy rashes, neuro-dermatitis, asthma. rhinitis, sinusitis etc.
- Cessation of’ smoking
- Irregular periods, menopausal flushes.
- Travel or Hyperemesis/morning sickness and vomiting
- Weight reduction, suppress appetite