Acupuncture in Canberra
A common doctor treat the illness (body), a good doctor treats the person (mind & body), and a great doctor treats the nation (social, cultural and environmental aspects of diseases).”
- Sun Simiao
"Treat the person, not symptoms" is the mojo of Chen’s practice of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. During the Chinese Medicine consultations, Chen is not only focused on treating the bio-physical symptoms of an illness, but also take into consideration of the mental state of the person who enduring this illness and the lifestyle and environment the patient lived in.
The focus of Chen’s acupuncture practice in Canberra is helping patients to overcome pain, enhance their energy and develop their emotional balance. Chen is passionate about activating one’s self-healing mechanism and offering tips on maintaining general well-being during acupuncture sessions. “The Energy Book” is distilled from the advice he was given of last two decades on sleep, diet, exercise and emotional balance.
Chen also collaborates closely with other healthcare professionals in both mainstream and complementary medicine. He believes most of the illnesses are having multifaceted impacts on human health, and different therapies offer its unique value in helping varied aspects of health complaints.
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.
Registered acupuncturist with CMBA, Chen is a recognised acupuncture provider by all major health funds.”
How to find a good acupuncturist? Check out Chen’s advice here.