Freda Dunn, Doctor in Acupuncture
Having practiced for over 30 years, Freda Dunn is a Doctor in Acupuncture and is accredited in Naturopathy, Herbal Medicine, Diet & Nutrition and Remedial & Oriental Remedial Therapy and more. She has had her Doonan clinic in Noosa for over 20 years.
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Introduction to acupuncture
Acupuncture is one of the oldest health care systems across the globe, and its origins can be traced back at least two millenniums. It is a holistic approach but also recognises modern day health issues with old world solutions. It is still increasingly popular among cultures across the world. Its low rate of side effects combined with its recognised success make it appealing to those seeking alternative or supplemental medical treatment. The practice focuses on prevention as well as treatment, which means virtually anyone can benefit from it.
Acupuncture is an ancient practice involving very fine needles placed in areas of the body where energy flows for particular functions. It can be combined with modern medicine, as well as herbal medicine and naturopathy. It often works more quickly than conventional medicine, making it an ideal practice for those who suffer from all ailments, but particularly muscular or skeletal pain. Rest assured, any good practice will use disposable needles and alcohol swabs for sanitation, and Freda Dunn’s Acupuncture and Natural Therapy Clinic is no exception, using only disposable stainless steel needles.
It’s worth noting that contrary to what some believe, acupuncture typically does not induce pain from the tiny needles used. Although pain is sometimes felt at certain sites, the goal is to achieve a somewhat numbing or tingling effect during the treatment.
How effective is acupuncture?
The World Health Organization actually supported the practice as early as the 1980’s, when they published a list of conditions proven by scientific studies to be improved by acupuncture. The list contained 40 conditions, and in 1997, the National Institutes of Health began endorsing the treatment as well.
How acupuncture works
To understand acupuncture, one must understand Qi (pronounced chee), or the Chinese word for life energy. Qi is, according to traditional Chinese Medicine, the energy we use to move our extremities, to breathe and pump blood, and it essentially operates our organs. With acupuncture, the tiny needles stimulate the Qi in one’s body. Based on where they are placed, they relay a signal to your nervous system or even immune system, giving them a “nudge” to resolve pain and disease.
Put simply, the traditional model of acupuncture involves correcting disturbances in the flow of a body’s Qi. Once the correction is made, the body is more able to heal itself more naturally, through methods such as proper dieting and exercise.
What conditions can acupuncture treat?
The following conditions were recognised as early as 1979, by the World Health Organisation, as having been treated successfully by the ancient practice. According to recent studies, there are countless other ailments that have been successfully treated by acupuncture in addition to these.
- Headaches, stroke, trigeminal neuralgia, sequelae of poliomyelitis, peripheral neuropathy, Meniere’s disease, migraines, facial and inter-costal neuralgia and some forms of paralysis
- Musculoskeletal disorders such as cervicobrachial syndrome, ‘frozen shoulder’, osteoarthritis, low back pain, sciatica and ‘tennis elbow’
- Cardiovascular disorders, bronchitis, rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchial asthma, acute tonsillitis, sore throat and even common cold
- Sporting injuries
- Skin conditions, eye conditions such as myopia in children, conjunctivitis, central retinitis and simple cataracts
- Toothache, gingivitis, post-extraction pain, spasms of the oesophagus, gastric hyperacidity, paralytic ileus, colitis, diarrhoea, constipation hiccough, duodenal ulcers and gastritis
- Urogenital disorders, neurogenic bladder dysfunction and nocturnal enuresis
- Psychological conditions
- Gynaecological and obstetric disorders
Does acupuncture have any side effects?
In comparison to many modern medical treatments, acupuncture has a much lower incidence of adverse effects. For example, those suffering from pain will find that acupuncture has fewer side effects than anti-inflammatory medications or pain medications. Even though it is a common misconception that acupuncture is painful, the key element to a successful treatment is actually to have more of a warm, numbing sensation. Certain needle points may involve a painful response, but a good practice can advise you of these ahead of time so you know exactly what to expect.
Acupuncture with Freda Dunn in Noosa, Sunshine Coast
Freda has practised for over 25 years on the Sunshine Coast and is Accredited by the Chinese Medical Board as a Doctor of Acupuncture. She is also a Life Member and Fellow Member of the Australian Natural Therapies Association for Naturopathy, Herbal Medicine, Diet & Nutrition, TCM and Remedial & Oriental Remedial Therapies. She has been at the Doonan Clinic in Noosa for over 20 years.
After completing her Australian studies she went to Nanning in China and was taught at Guangxi No 1 and No 2 Teaching Hospitals under Professors of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Nanning – a highly recognised teaching institution. Working under the tuition of one of her Professors, she treated patients at the No 1 Hospital and also in various outpatients hospitals in the suburbs of Nanning.
The Professors and Doctors in the Hospital were highly trained in both acupuncture and TCM herbal medicine and it was very educational to see how the herbal medicines were made and dispensed to the inpatients. Freda also did several hours a week in lectures given to her by her main Professor.
She was also privileged to take several tours with the Doctors and Professors from the Hospital and they visited several regional TCM Hospitals. A very interesting tour was given to her by the grandson of the man who created the Herbal Stock Garden for plants that grow in the Northern Hemisphere. In case any herbs are lost, this garden holds the stock so that it can be replaced. The gardens are vast and it took two full weekends to complete the tour. Because the herbs were named in Chinese and also named by their Latin names it was very informative as a lot of the herbs are also used in Australia with the same Latin names plus our English ones.
At the end of her training she was enrolled as a Full Member of the Acupuncture & Moxibustion Association of Guangxi, China. Freda was also given a Certificate of Advanced Studies in TCM Acupuncture & Moxibustion & TCM Herbal Formulations & Diagnostics.
Freda Dunn’s Acupuncture and Natural Therapies Clinic, set amongst blissful tropical gardens, is the Sunshine Coast’s private destination Acupuncture Clinic. The beautiful acreage is just minutes away from Noosa, Noosaville, Tewantin, Sunshine Beach, Peregian Beach, Coolum, Cooroy, Eumundi, and a short drive from Sunshine Coast Airport, Maroochydore, Buderim and Mooloolaba via the Sunshine Coast motorway.
FREE remedial massage with acupuncture treatments
Book your acupuncture with Freda Dunn to receive a complimentary remedial massage by phoning 07 5449 1811.