Acupuncture in Canberra
A Common Doctor Treats The Illness, A Good Doctor Treats The Person, and A Great Doctor Treats The Heart.”
-- A famous Chinese saying
"Treat the person, not symptoms" is the mojo of practice at Chenzen Wellness Centre. During the Chinese Medicine consultations, we are not only focused on treating the bio-physical symptoms of an illness but also take time to understand the patient and the context of the illness and the lifestyle the patient lived in.
Our acupuncture practice in Canberra focuses on helping patients to overcome pain, enhance their energy and develop their emotional balance. Our acupuncturist Andy Chen also collaborates closely with other healthcare professionals in both Eastern and Western medicine. He believes most illnesses have multifaceted impacts on human health, and each therapy offers its unique value in helping to heal. Integration is the key for patients to get the best possible care.
Andy Chen is also highly passionate about self-healing and offering well-being tips. He loves it so much that he has written a book which comes from the clinical advice he was given for last two decades on sleep, diet, exercise and emotional balance.
Effectiveness of Acupuncture
Acupuncture is the most popular modality of Chinese medicine practiced in the West. While most people try acupuncture for drug-free pain relief, it is used to treat a wide range of acute and chronic diseases. Acupuncture improves circulation, decreases inflammation, regulates hormone balance, and decreases stress. Here is the evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture for 117 conditions, published by Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA) in February 2017.
Safety of Acupuncture
Acupuncture can be considered inherently safe in the hands of well-trained practitioners. During an acupuncture treatment sterile, one-time-use, disposable needles are used. The needles are inserted and retained from few seconds to 30 minutes depending on the condition being treated. Acupuncture needles are extremely thin in comparison with the needles we are familiar with in our medical doctors' offices.
Regulation of Acupuncturists in Australia
Acupuncturists must now be registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA) in order to offer acupuncture and Chinese medicine services to the public. From 2012, the Chinese medicine profession (acupuncturists and herbalists) joined the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for the Health Professions, which is the same scheme that regulates medical practitioners, physiotherapists, chiropractors, dentists, nurses and midwives etc.
Most acupuncturists registered with CMBA have a Bachelor degree with a 4-5 years full time university level study in Australia or overseas. To keep their licenses up-to-date, acupuncturists are required to complete Continue Professional Development (CPD) credits each year and stay current with their professional association membership.
As a registered acupuncturist with CMBA, Andy Chen is a recognised acupuncture provider for Comcare and all major private health funds.”
Check out Andy’s advice on "How to Find a Good Acupuncturist"