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 across the world. Its used for a variety of conditions make it appealing to those seeking alternative or supplemental medical treatment.
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 Naturopathy and Western Herbal Medicine , making it useful for those who suffer from a variety of ailments . 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 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.
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 diet, nutrition and exercise.
What conditions can acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture can be used for people of all ages and for a variety of Health symptoms and Conditions.
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Does acupuncture have any side effects?
Acupuncture has a low incidence of adverse effects but with all treatments there are some risk . For example, 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 numbing sensation. Certain needle points may involve a painful response, but a good practitioner 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 practiced for over 27 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 25 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 recognized 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 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 also recevied a Certificate of Advanced Studies in TCM Acupuncture & Moxibustion.
Freda Dunn’s Acupuncture and Natural Therapies Clinic, set amongst blissful tropical gardens. 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
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