What is acupuncture and how does it help? Acupuncture is based on the premise that a blockage or disturbance in the flow of the body’s life energy, or “qi,” (pronounced ‘chee’) can cause health issues. Acupuncturists insert hair-thin needles to specific acupuncture points throughout the body to restore the flow of qi, balance the body’s energy, stimulate healing, and promote relaxation.
The origins of acupuncture can be traced back over 2,000 years, making it one of the oldest health care systems in the world. Today, acupuncture supports the treatment of a wide number of conditions.
Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of fine, sterile, single use, disposable 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.
The practitioner may also stimulate the acupuncture points using other methods, including acupressure, moxibustion, cupping, laser therapy, electro-stimulation and massage, in order to rebalance the flow of qi.
An appointment involves a period of discussion with your practitioner about your presenting symptoms, health, lifestyle, diet and your general well-being. We then look at the tongue and take your pulse, we may also palpate areas of the body.
Following this a Chinese medicine diagnosis is made and a treatment plan outlined which may include a combination of the following therapies.
Herbal formulas are an additional cost to treatment.
Treatment times and frequency can vary based on the condition being treated
What are the benefits of acupuncture?
- focuses on drug-free pain relief
- can be effective in the treatment of acute and chronic ailments
- takes a holistic approach by addressing the underlying cause of the condition, as well as the symptoms. The approach links body, mind and emotions.
- assists in the prevention against disease and the maintenance of general well-being.
Is there any evidence that acupuncture works?
The Acupuncture Evidence Project was published in 2017. It is a review of the evidence supporting the efficacy of acupuncture currently available.
Of the 122 conditions reviewed, evidence of effect was found at various levels for 117 conditions.
The findings of the review include:
Conditions with strong evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture included allergic rhinitis (perennial & seasonal), knee osteoarthritis, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (with anti-emetics), migraine prophylaxis, chronic low back pain, postoperative nausea & vomiting, headache (tension-type and chronic) and postoperative pain.
Conditions with moderate evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture included acute low back pain, acute stroke, neck pain, obesity, anxiety, perimenopausal and postmenopausal insomnia, asthma in adults, post-traumatic stress disorder, constipation, hypertension (with medication), irritable bowel syndrome and menopausal hot flushes.
The Acupuncture Evidence Project – Research studies which have been collated can be found at Acupuncture Research→
Initial Consultation (including acupuncture 60-75 mins) $100
Subsequent Sessions (45-60 mins) $80
Children Under 16
Initial Consultation $70
Subsequent Session $50
For more information you can contact our Acupuncturist, Julie on:-
Monday – Saturday
Reception is not normally manned on Mondays but is available by phone 9226 0561
Tuesday 10:00 – 17.00
Wednesday 10:00 – 17.00
Thursday 10:00 – 17.00
Friday 10:00 – 17.00
Saturday 10:00 – 12.00 but can vary.
Private Health Fund rebates may apply. Check with your health fund.
We are a “Medibank Members Choice” Clinic.
HiCaps online payment is available.
Location: 953 Wellington Street, West Perth
Call Centro Health on 08 9226 0561