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Dr Elizabeth O'Leary
(MBBS, MPH, FRACMA)
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an element of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The principal function of acupuncture is to promote healing and to return the body to a state of balance through the judicious stimulation of acupoints.
I use a combination of traditional Chinese acupuncture, auriculotherapy and photobiomodulation.
Acupoint stimulation can be by fine needles or through the use of specially designed acupuncture lasers. Photobiomodulation is through the use of a low level laser tool.
How does it work?
Over the last 50 years, Western medicine researchers have identified physiological mechanisms to explain the effectiveness of acupuncture.
These mostly relate to its effect on known pain pathways, through the stimulation of neurotransmitters and secretion of hormones into the blood stream.
Extensive research continues using advanced Medical Imaging techniques to identify the physiological basis of the demonstrated effects of acupuncture on the body.
What will the treatment involve?
I am a registered medical practitioner and my general registration has been endorsed by the Medical Board of Australia for acupuncture. My first aim is to ensure that all appropriate modes of Western Medical care have been applied to your problem and that the use of acupuncture is the best treatment for your condition at the time of consultation.
Acupuncture treatment facilitates healing. This will usually involve 4 – 10 treatment sessions. A lifelong condition, such as migraine, may require a series of treatments with gradually increasing periods between appointments. With your permission, I will write to your general practitioner to advise of progress with your treatment.
What conditions can be treated?
The Chinese and many other cultures have relied on acupuncture for healing for thousands of years. So most conditions have recognised forms of treatment. High level research evidence exists for the effectiveness of acupuncture in a variety of conditions, but especially for:
Chronic pain conditions,
Back and neck pain,
Chronic headache and shoulder pain.
Acupuncture is also commonly used for the treatment of:
Musculo-skeletal injuries, e.g. tennis elbow, RSI, plantar fasciitis and shoulder injuries
Gastrointestinal problems, e.g. irritable bowel syndrome and constipation.
Gynaecological conditions, including the enhancement of fertility, and
Anxiety and depression, insomnia and for
Hay fever prevention.