Personalised Diagnosis and Treatment
In Chinese medicine, one disease has many causes and many diseases can share the same cause. A skilled practitioner must always find each person’s unique cause of disease using Chinese medicine diagnosis before the right treatment strategy and point combinations can be applied.
It is not effective to always use the same set of points to treat the same disease. This is because each person is unique and our bodies respond to illness in different ways. A successful Chinese medicine treatment is personalised to a patient’s changing symptoms at different stages of their illness and recovery. This is why it is essential to practice acupuncture within the framework of a holistic Chinese medicine diagnosis.
Acupuncture is a medical procedure and therefore must be practiced by qualified practitioners who have received extensive and proper training. It takes a minimum of 4-5 years to train as a professional Chinese medicine acupuncturist.
When practiced professionally, acupuncture is a gentle and relaxing treatment which has very few side effects compared to other medical procedures and drugs. Acupuncture can safely treat pregnant or nursing mothers when conventional drugs are contraindicated or unwanted.
In Australia, acupuncture practitioners use sterilised, single-use needles and must follow infection control guidelines. Chinese medicine practitioners receive extensive training on Chinese medicine diagnosis and acupuncture point selection, correct needling technique, needling depth and when contraindicated points should not be used.
As when receiving any medical treatment or surgery, ensure that your practitioner is qualified, experienced and treats you attentively.