Any good health fund will cover TCM/Acupuncture if you have 'extras' cover. The amount that the health fund will pay, per consultation, and the overall limit that the fund will pay in a year, is individual to your health fund. The fund often pays part of the consultation, through a system called 'HICAPS'. Using HICAPS [...]
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a system of primary health care that includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, remedial massage, exercise and breathing therapy (such as qigong), and diet and lifestyle advice. In Australia, the most popular forms of TCM health care are acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine has an uninterrupted history of development in China and other [...]
Acupuncture is a form of needle therapy, which involves inserting fine, sterile needles into different points in the body in order to treat disease or relieve pain. The needles are believed to restore normal functions in the body. When the acupuncture needles are inserted they send signals to the brain that promote healing by activating [...]
This depends on the condition being treated. Although the points are located throughout the entire body, usually the needles are placed on the extremities from your elbows down to your hands, and from your knees down to your feet. Other common areas include the abdomen, back, and ears.
Needles are wrapped and sterilized by the manufacturer. They are opened only when they are ready to be used, and afterwards, each needle is disposed of in a medical waste container.
It is best to eat a light meal before your appointment so that your body has energy to work with. Sometimes a person who has not eaten will feel lightheaded or weak when receiving an acupuncture treatment. In this case, inform your practitioner immediately and they will take the appropriate actions. It is best to [...]