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Leading acupuncture Perth therapists

We are a natural therapy association that has been accrediting Perth acupuncturists for over 60 years. This ensures we meet the high training and educational standards that are required for membership.

Every acupuncturist we have accredited is qualified and committed to providing the highest standard of treatment. So if you are looking for acupuncture in Perth and its surrounds, you are sure to find a specialist in our directory.

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Why use an acupuncturist who is an ANTA member?

✔️Our acupuncturists are accredited and qualified
✔️Our acupuncturists adopt a holistic approach that doesn’t treat single symptoms, but your entire body
✔️Our acupuncturists use traditional techniques to promote your body’s natural capacity for self-regulation and healing
✔️Both Australian federal and state governments recognise our acupuncturists
✔️We have a 60 year history working with experienced and qualified acupuncture practitioners
✔️We also specialise in fertility acupuncture for women who need assistance with falling pregnant

Expert guide on acupuncture

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture involves inserting fine needles into specific points just beneath a client’s skin or applying various other techniques to the acupuncture points to restore balance and encourage the body to heal itself. These needles are made of stainless steel and are around 0.2mm in diameter (about the width of a human hair). They stimulate neural zones, acupuncture points and meridians which run as lines through the human body.

It may also involve the addition of heat, manual manipulation or electrical stimulation. Clinical guidelines published in many different countries have found that acupuncture is moderately helpful in a wide range of conditions.

What is fertility acupuncture?

If you are finding it challenging to fall pregnant and looking for fertility acupuncture in Perth, we have a wide range of acupuncturists who can help. To ensure a holistic solution, our practitioners review clients on a case-by-case basis, often in combination with the advice of a multidisciplinary antenatal care team.

History of acupuncture

Many historians believe that acupuncture originated in Eurasia due to the discovery of acupuncture-type needles made of animal bone and stone. These were discovered during the Stone Age on the Eurasian continent between 8700 to 2000 BCE. However, it is widely accepted to be of Chinese origin as acupuncture has been practised in China for over 2,500 years and it is a form of Chinese medicine.

The first written description of acupuncture appeared in an ancient Chinese book written around 2,300 years ago, known as the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine. Early acupuncture needles were made in China using silver, bamboo, bronze, copper, iron and even gold. In fact, it is believed that modern hypodermic needles were inspired by these early Chinese needles.

The philosophy of acupuncture

Chinese medicine operates on the philosophy that the human body gains its energy from the life force Qi (pronounced chee). Qi travels along 12 to 14 pathways (known as meridians), which move through our fascia, skin, bone, muscles and internal organs. Acupuncture practitioners believe that illness is an imbalance of disruption of the body’s Qi, and acupuncture can help recalibrate an individual’s Qi by correcting any imbalance or disruption.

Acupuncture has been proven to work on a wide range of health conditions, from inflammation, weight loss and chronic pain to anxiety and fertility issues.

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How does acupuncture heal the body?

The body is made up of numerous and complex systems that work together to keep you healthy and functional. However, while acupuncture does appear to help in the treatment of some conditions, the theory of acupuncture is not able to be explained by current medical science. This is why it is considered to be a complementary therapy.

Having said that, studies have shown that acupuncture can address a range of issues, including:

  • Inflammation — acupuncture has been shown to reduce certain proinflammatory proteins which cause inflammation. As an example, there is a point below our knees that acupuncturists will often target. This helps to reduce inflammation throughout the body, and also leads to neurohormonal release, which can improve your immune system and increase your energy levels.
  • Chronic pain — those with nerve damage often turn to harsh medications as a solution. However, acupuncture can contribute to nerve regeneration and ease acute pain including for migraines, back pain and dental pain.
  • Fertility issues — women who are finding it challenging to fall pregnant often turn to acupuncture as means for achieving greater hormonal balance, which can produce better fertility outcomes.
  • Other — acupuncture can also assist with rhinitis, sinusitis, colds, tension headaches, dysmenorrhea, weight loss, nausea, insomnia, anxiety and depression.

In recent years, Dominic and Gabriel Lu found acupuncture is capable of stimulating a key feature of the body’s biomechanical processes. These are known as neurohormonal pathways.

By stimulating these processes, they discovered that acupuncture can assist with releasing chemicals including serotonin, endorphins, dopamine, enkephalins, norepinephrine and y-aminobutyric acid, which can all help with the body’s healing process.

How is acupuncture performed?

Acupuncture involves the insertion of hair-thin needles to stimulate certain points on a client’s body. Because they are so fine, the process is usually painless.

As many as 20 needles may be used in one session, and once the needles are inserted, they will be left in place while you lie still. The needles may also be wobbled or turned by your practitioner as part of the treatment. They usually remain in place for 25 to 40 minutes, depending on a client’s sensitivity. The needles will be removed at the end of the session.

How to choose an acupuncturist?

It is imperative that you choose an acupuncturist who has the required accreditation and qualifications. At ANTA, we impose strict guidelines on our practitioner members, so our acupuncture directory is the ideal way of sourcing an acupuncturist who meets our standards.

If you are looking for Chinese acupuncture in Perth and would like to find your own acupuncture clinic, there are a number of things you should take into account. These include:

Qualifications

Practitioners are required to have relevant malpractice insurance, AHPRA registration, and formal and standardised accreditation.

Up-to-date knowledge

The area of medicine is constantly evolving, whether it is in the area of Chinese or Western medicine. And the area of acupuncture is the same. To find the most suitable treatment for you, it’s important to seek out a practitioner who has up-to-date clinical skills and contemporary knowledge of the principles in their chosen field.

Specialist areas

Just like those involved in Western medicine, acupuncturists often specialise in certain areas such as fertility issues or pain relief. When researching specialist acupuncture treatment, it is worth searching our directory for a practitioner that suits your individual needs.

Cleanliness

All medical treatments should be performed in a sterilised environment, and acupuncture is no different. Some of the procedures your practitioner will instigate include the premises having adequate handwashing facilities and sharps disposal containers, and using sealed, single-use needles, which is a legal requirement in Australia.

What should I expect from my first acupuncture appointment?

Acupuncture is a holistic treatment that aims to heal your entire body, rather than individual health issues. Hence, your acupuncturist will aim to gain a clear understanding of your overall wellbeing, which will typically involve a physical exam and an extensive discussion regarding your health history and issues.

The first visit will usually take about one hour including the treatment time (in some more complicated cases may last over one and half hour). In the subsequent visit, acupuncture treatment lasts 25 to 40 minutes or so. A combination treatment session generally lasts at least 60 minutes.

The beneficial reaction usually starts during the first four or five visits, although you may feel better straight away even just after your first visit.

The diagnostic methods of Traditional Chinese Medicine include mainly the four techniques of diagnosis — inquiring and listening and inspection and pulse-taking — however this will depend on your practitioner. These techniques may include:

Inquiring and listening

They will ask questions relating to:

  • Your medical history and that of your immediate family.
  • Your main concerns and related questions, including causes, duration, relieving and aggravating factors, the history of your diagnoses (if any), and what treatments were involved.
  • General aspects of your health, such as your urination, bowel motions, appetite, emotions, sleep, perspiration, exercise regime and energy and stress levels.
  • Your lifestyle including your dietary habits and your drinking and smoking history.

Inspection and pulse taking

This can include:

  • Pulse taking, a tongue inspection and face and eye observations.
  • Physical testing for specific conditions, including Painful Arc Testing for shoulder pain, Straight Leg Raising Testing for sciatica and back pain, and abdominal palpation for suspected appendix or gallbladder problems.

Treatment

You may then be given acupuncture treatment or combination treatment with acupressure, cupping therapy or other therapies. Some practitioners may also prescribe Chinese herbal medicines for you based on your diagnosis.

Advice

Depending on your health issues, your practitioner may also offer dietary and lifestyle advice, breathing exercises for certain conditions, or physical exercise for pain or injury management.

Acupuncture Perth FAQs

#1 Does acupuncture hurt?

Many people associate needles with pain, however, acupuncture is a relatively painless form of therapy. Typically, the sensations are limited to a slight tingling feeling at the site of the needle or, at worst, a mild ache.

#2 What is the difference between acupuncture and dry needling?

Acupuncture is designed to redirect your body’s life force Qi (pronounced chee) which travels along 12 to 14 pathways (known as meridians). This helps to solve imbalances in your overall biomechanical system.

Dry needling is an amalgamation of Western medical principles and acupuncture. It involves the use of needles to target trigger points in muscles to relieve pain and muscle tightness. It is most often performed by physiotherapists.

#3 What are the risks of acupuncture?

Side effects from acupuncture are extremely rare, but can include fatigue, soreness, bruising, emotional sensitivity and light-headedness. If you do experience any soreness, it will typically disappear within a day, although sometimes soreness from more intensive treatments can last for longer. Engaging with an accredited and qualified practitioner will prevent the chance of adverse side effects. For more information on Perth holistic acupuncture clinics, search our acupuncture directory which is located at the top of this page.