Dr Carol Head has been using laser acupuncture in her medical practice for a while now and it treats a wide range of conditions. Here she explains what it is all about.
Laser acupuncture is a form of acupuncture where I use a laser pen rather than needles. The laser has similar benefits to traditional needle acupuncture but is much quicker and painless. There is no risk of infection or causing any damage, which can rarely happen with a needle. It is especially useful in people with needle phobias and in children.
The laser stimulates 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 will 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.
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.
To learn how to practice acupuncture I did a twelve-month part time course with Monash university – I completed the Graduate certificate in Medical acupuncture in 2011. We studied both Western and Chinese approaches to acupuncture. As part of RACGP accreditation I am required to keep up to date with regular training.
At the moment I am bulk billing acupuncture sessions so there is no out of pocket cost. The initial appointment will be for about 25 minutes so I can assess the problem and determine whether acupuncture is suitable. Follow up sessions will take about 10-15 minutes. 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 the majority of people (about 80%) will benefit to some degree from acupuncture. About 20% of people are non- responders and receive no benefit.
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