Acupuncture

Working in our West End clinic, Dr Graham Sinclair (Chinese Medicine) treats a wide variety of issues to improve your daily life and functionality.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the main components of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) which has been practiced thousands of years. According to TCM theory, there is a natural pattern of vital energy (Qi) throughout the body; a disruption in this flow of energy indicates disease and pain. Our Acupuncturist skillfully inserts fine, sterile, single-use needles into specific sites (acupuncture points) along the body’s energy pathways (meridians) to clear energy blockages and encourage the normal flow of energy, or Qi, through the body. Acupuncture points may also be stimulated by methods such as cupping and moxibustion.

The focus of TCM is to address the underlying cause of the condition and the treatment of the whole body rather than just an individual symptom or issue. It is this ability for holistic, drug-free pain relief for acute and chronic conditions that has seen TCM last for two thousand years.
With regards to questions about how acupuncture might be able to assist your particular issue, we encourage you to consult Dr Sinclair (Chinese Medicine) at our West End clinic.

 

Does Acupuncture really work? Is there any evidence?

In 2017, a review by the Acupuncture Evidence Project of the available research found evidence of effect at various levels for 117 conditions. 46 of those conditions were reported as having Strong or High-quality evidence for the use of Acupuncture as a treatment option.

 

What conditions have moderate or high quality evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture?

Strong evidence:
– Allergic rhinitis (perennial & seasonal)
– Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (with anti-emetics)
– Chronic lower back pain
– Headache (tension-type and chronic)
– Knee osteoarthritis
– Migraine prophylaxis
– Postoperative pain, nausea & vomiting

Moderate evidence:
– Acute low back pain
– Anxiety
– Aromatase-inhibitor-induced arthralgia
– Asthma in adults
– Back or pelvic pain during pregnancy
– Cancer pain and cancer-related fatigue
– Constipation
– Depression (with antidepressants)
– Dry eye
– Hypertension (with medication)
– Insomnia
– Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
– Labour pain (pre-birth)
– Lateral elbow pain (tennis elbow)
– Menopausal hot flushes
– Modulating sensory perception thresholds
– Neck pain
– Obesity
– Perimenopausal & postmenopausal insomnia
– Plantar heel pain (Heal spurs)
– Post-stroke insomnia, shoulder pain, spasticity
– Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
– Prostatitis pain/chronic pelvic pain syndrome
– Restless leg syndrome
– Schizophrenia (with antipsychotics)
– Sciatica
– Shoulder impingement syndrome (early stage) (with exercise)
– Shoulder pain
– Stroke (Acute) and stroke rehabilitation
– Temporomandibular pain (TMJ pain)

 

Is Acupuncture painful?

No! Acupuncture is not a painful experience. It is nothing like the hypodermic needles used when getting a flu shot or giving blood. It is also different to dry needling, which some patients may have been exposed to.
Acupuncture should be a gentle and pleasant experience. Japanese Acupuncture in particular, with its thin and flexible needles, is so gentle that patients don’t feel the needles at all. We aim to relax you and some patients will even fall asleep during treatment.

 

How many treatments will I need?

This will depend on the type and severity of the condition. Generally speaking, acute conditions respond quicker than chronic ones. As with diet and exercise, some people respond better than others depending on the individual situation.
If you have questions about how acupuncture might be able to assist your particular issue, we encourage you to consult Dr Sinclair (Chinese Medicine) at our West End clinic.

Price List:

Initial Consultation (60 mins)

Includes Acupuncture, Tui Na, Moxa, Cupping

**New clients to acupuncture at this clinic must select initial consultation.

$95

Standard Consultation (50-60 mins)

Includes Acupuncture, Tui Na, Moxa, Cupping

$90

Short Consultation (30 mins)

Includes Cupping, Tui Na, Moxa, Trigger point therapy

**This is a ‘needle-free’ consultation, i.e. no acupuncture is performed.

$60