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How does acupuncture work? |
RMIT University academic
Dr Zhen Zheng explains:
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Laser Acupuncture using Class IV
K-Laser Therapy* (low level light therapy)
* K-Laser is therapeutically approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
Laser acupuncture therapy is a gentle and effective alternative to traditional needle based acupuncture appealing to many patients, especially those who are needle phobic, generally anxious or sensitive. The laser is placed above the specific acupuncture point and the laser is activated with the delivery of the desired amount of joules.
As Laser acupuncture does not involve any needles nor discomfort it is especially ideal for patients who are sensitive; elderly and children.
Publication (Access the Article):
“Seventeen out of 20 patients (85%) showed various degrees of pain relief after laser acupuncture treatment…”
” …The 17 patients showed an average pain relief of 63 ± 31%. There were six patients who showed no TMD symptoms after an average of four treatments of laser acupuncture. The other 11 patients showed partial relief of TMD symptoms after treatment. Although the pain was still present, it was less and was acceptable. No side effects were reported in any patients during or after laser acupuncture treatments.”"
Class IV Medical Grade
(Class 4 Laser)
* Therapeutically approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
K-Laser therapy, or “photobiomodulation”, uses red and near-infrared wavelengths to enter the body's tissue in order to support the reduction of pain, inflammation, and promote tissue healing.
The warm and pleasant application of K-Laser energy increases blood flow to the affected area, drawing oxygen and nutrients. This enhances the body's innate ability to heal.
- Assists with increased circulation
- Helps decrease inflammation & reduce pain
- Enhances tissue healing and recovery time
How many treatments are necessary? Results are cumulative. Most people notice benefits after the first treatment and the positive benefits compound with each subsequent treatment. However, as a general guide, dependant on the nature of the condition:
- Acute conditions: 4-6 may be enough
- Chronic conditions: 6-12 (or more)
- Long term: periodic care (eg. arthritis)
How often can a treatment be received?
- Acute Condition: Daily
- Chronic Condition: 2-3 times a week
- Long Term Condition: 1-2 times a month
Brochure, "K-Laser Drug Free Pain Management Solution"
Document, "Biological Effects of K-Laser"
Image , "Uses - Head to Toe application of K-Laser"
Flyer: Pain & Inflammation. Painful joints; sports injuries; neuro injuries (neck & back pain, Neuralgia); recent trauma
Flyer: Recent trauma Edema, Hematoma; Diabetic Foot, Poor blood circulation in legs
Synergy of Acupuncture &
combining to enhance treatment
Essential oils have profound therapeutic benefits. I like to incorporate these precious oils in many of my treatments and tailor the selection of the oils to my individual patient and their presentation. I only use high quality therapeutic grade essential oils that are third party tested for their purity. The oil is selected based on its therapeutic functions, relative to the presenting symptom/s, to enhance the action of the acupuncture or acupressure treatment. The oil is applied at the site of the acupuncture point before the needle is inserted or where acupressure is to be applied. As essential oils are highly concentrated and potent, I dilute them in a carrier oil before application to the skin. Some oils, however, are safe to apply "neat" straight onto the skin. Much of what I have learnt about combining these two modalities and how they can enhance treatment outcomes is from Peter Holmes, a well respected Chinese Medicine Practitioner; Medical Herbalist; Clinical Aromatherpist and author with over 40 years of clinical experience in Chinese Medicine and acupuncuture. Peter has also completed postgraduate studies in Chinese Medicine at the Ecole Européene d’Acupuncture in Paris; has undertaken extensive research; authored several acclaimed textbooks and lectures in both herbal and essential oil medicine. We can discuss the use of essential oils during your treatment and whether you are happy for them to be used; or if you have any aversions to particular essential oils and their chemical compounds.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine is predominately comprised of plant-based extracts derived from bark, dried fruits, flowers, leaves, rhizomes, roots, seeds, and twigs. Not all herbal medicines are unpalatable, in fact some can be quite pleasant . For instance, peppermint leaves, cinnamon bark & twigs, ginger and dried dates are commonly used in many Chinese Herbal Medicine formulae.
I order herbs through Empirical Health as well as Safflower Chinese Medicine Herbal Dispensaries. These are practitioner only suppliers, meaning they only supply herbs to registered practitioners on behalf of patients. I also order herbal tinctures; topical balms and salves through Melbourne based Quiescence Chinese Medicine Apothecary. After a thorough consultation, if herbs are recommended as part of your treatment plan and you are happy to take them, they will be ordered by me through one of these dispensaries and posted to your home directly from the supplier or can be collected from me. The cost of herbs vary from formula to formula, however, I will discuss the cost of the herbs with you before we proceed with your order. Postage costs may apply.
Empirical Health, an Australian based Chinese Herbal Medicine supplier, is renowned for its high quality certified organic herbs. Their herbs are held in high regard for their purity, quality and potency.
Melbourne based Quiescence Chinese Medicine create some beautiful products that are hand made within their clinic using high quality therapeutic herbs. Their herbal tinctures are ideal for those patients who cannot palate or stomach granulated or raw herbs. Their balms, liniments and salves smell divine and are delightfully packaged. You may notice I use some of their topical product range during your treatment.
Safflower Chinese Medicine Herbal Dispensary is based in the South Gippsland Region of Victoria and provides granulated herbs; liquid granulated extracts; and herbal creams. They use premium quality herbs in their customised formulas.
Lifestyle & Self Care Guidance
(pronounced "gwa sha" )
This technique may be used on both the face & body. A more gentle technique is applied on the face. It releases tension in muscles breaking up adhesions in the fascia (the connective tissue that encases muscle and other surrounding connective tissue). Gua sha improves blood circulation and encourages lymphatic drainage and circulation (reducing puffiness)
Facial Gua Sha Massage:
Gently stimulates facial acupressure points, relaxing muscle tension in the face which often gives a more relaxed softer appearance Stimulates collagen production to assist with fine lines by plumping the skin~ Restores a beautiful glow to your skin~ Most people find it to be very relaxing