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    Traditional Chinese Medicine

    Date Published: 24 Mar, 2019

    Have you ever wondered what is really involved in your acupuncture treatment? Here at Haynes Acupuncture Gold Coast our qualified acupuncturists practice a style of traditional medicine based on more than 2,500 years of Chinese medical practice.

    Traditional Chinese medicine includes various forms of herbal medicines, acupuncture, moxibustion, exercise and diet modifications. Herbs can be used to help the body heal at a faster rate while, dietary adjustments support the healing and help to maintain nutrient balance within your body. Moxibustion (Moxa) is the burning of the herb mugwort over an area of the body or acupuncture point, with the intention of warming, increasing circulation and assisting with inflammation and pain.

    Acupuncture treatment diagnosis includes an assessment of pulse quality, shape and colour of the tongue, medical history and whole body evaluation. Following the diagnosis, acupuncture points are chosen on the body along acupuncture meridians, or pathways. Needle stimulation of these points increases the body’s healing energy or qi. The body has approximately one thousand acupuncture points.

    Qi circulates throughout the body within the meridians, which are also related to the internal organs and it is said that good health depends on the smooth flow of qi. When the flow of qi is blocked due to trauma, poor diet, medications, stress, hereditary conditions, environmental factors, or excessive emotional issues, the system is disrupted. Illness is then generated. In accordance with ancient theory, acupuncture allows qi to flow to areas where it is deficient and away from areas where it is in excess. In this way, acupuncture regulates and restores a harmonious energetic balance in the body. A Chinese philosophy states; “There is no pain if there is free flow; if there is pain, there is no free flow.”






    Chinese Herbal Medicine is an ancient system of health care that has undergone continual development over the centuries, as the causes of illness that afflict mankind have evolved. In China, it is not an alternative form of therapy, but is used in the state hospitals alongside modern medicine. More often than not traditional Chinese herbal medicine features a blend of 2 to 10 herbs. Some of the most common ingredients in traditional Chinese herbal medicine include ginseng, ginger, safflower, astragalus, licorice, nutmeg, and gingko biloba. Herbal medicine has been practiced in China over centuries and the wealth of knowledge that’s been accumulated over that timespan has aided greatly in refining mixtures into effective remedies. They are synergistic blends of herbs (usually roots, berries, flowers etc.) designed to work together in your body, chosen specifically for your symptoms in your body. In fact, most drugs in Western medicine actually originated from plants, such as aspirin and have since been synthetically manufactured to try to replicate the whole herb use. Not all patients will require herbs, as it is on a case by case basis, however you can book a herbal medicine consult on its own if you would like.

    If you are wanting to find out how we can help you, an initial consultation will determine your own personal treatment plan and set you on a path back to health, please give us a call on 5531 6461 or email us on

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