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I have been working at Safflower Chinese Medicine Clinic for a month now and it’s lovely to be working on the Island. The weather is improving and the Island is waking up from its winter slumber. I have had a steady flow of patients over the past month and am enjoying helping people with the laser acupuncture so I thought I’d share a little information about it.

Laser acupuncture is a method of acupuncture that avoids needles but has similar benefits to traditional acupuncture. It uses a laser to stimulate the acupuncture points and gets energy flowing through the meridians. Chinese practitioners describe this energy as Qi or Chi and acupuncture can help blockages in the Chi and get energy moving. Different points in the body are used depending upon the condition being treated.

The acupuncture laser pen is a low level ‘cold’ laser that doesn’t produce heat. This contrasts with lasers used in surgery that are ‘hot’ lasers which produce heat and can cut or burn tissue. The acupuncture laser doesn’t burn; in fact, most people don’t feel anything except pressure when it is applied. Occasionally people have mild sensations of energy shifting or a buzzing sensation.

Laser acupuncture works the same as needle acupuncture except it is generally quicker and completely painless. There is no risk of infection or causing any damage with a needle. It is also useful in people with needle phobias and in children.

Acupuncture is especially good for pain, including chronic pain and musculoskeletal injuries. It is useful for a myriad of conditions such as morning sickness, insomnia, migraines or tension headaches, period pain, bed wetting, infertility and in many other situations.

Generally, acupuncture requires a course of treatment for maximum effect. This varies from 3-12 sessions depending upon the condition being treated. It is thought that about 80% of people will benefit from acupuncture while 20% show no benefit.

I’m excited to be able to offer this modality to patients in Phillip Island.

Appointments can be made online at Safflower Clinic website or by ringing 59567011