Acupuncture stimulates the bodies healing. It works with the body’s natural healing response, which can sometimes stall, to improve or kick start recovery. Many biological mechanisms are activated during an acupuncture treatment, none of them involve “Qi”, “Chi” or any variety of psychic energy. Acupuncture effects most systems of the body (e.g. digestive, endocrine, immune) but it is primarily concerned with the nervous and circulatory systems.
Acupuncture is just one aspect of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) frame work, the same way as Orthopaedic surgery is just one aspect of Western Medicine. Several resources claim Chinese medicine originated as far back as 2000 BC, and has some of the earliest recorded literature on the subject of internal medicine (e.g. the yellow emperor’s classic of internal medicine). Acupuncture specifically however is estimated to be closer to 2000 years old, making it relatively recent addition to the Chinese medicine.
Modern history of Acupuncture
Since 2014 Acupuncture/Chinese medicine has been adopted into the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). This is the same body that regulates Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Psychology and more. Acupuncture’s inclusion is a reflection on the overwhelming amount of evidence of effectiveness and growing acceptance amongst other medical professionals.
Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA) is the largest acupuncture Association in Australia. Before the inclusion in AHPRA, AACMA served the purpose of regulating acupuncturists registration and continuing education. The board is also responsible for making private health fund claims available for Acupuncture/Chinese medicine and securing acupuncture inclusion in the Workcover schemes.
WorkCover – Acupuncture is now available for those who have been injured at work and are currently seeking treatment under Workcover arrangement. While most employers will have a designated doctor they tell you to see and that doctor will usually recommend one of their allied partners you are actually free to see whoever you want. Once the doctor acknowledges you are injured you may take that recommendation wherever you wish it may be a physiotherapist closer to home or an Acupuncturist, even if you doctor doesn’t believe it will help.
How much is an Acupuncture treatment?
Initial (first session only) $99.00 60 Minuets
Follow up $90.00 60 Minutes
Express (set treatment only) $59.00 30 Minutes
How much extra for cupping or other therapies?
Any additional therapies that your practitioner believes will benefit you will be offered/administered during the consultation at no extra charge. In order to offer the best possible price and promote transparency services are valued based on time not equipment. As such the process of upselling is eliminated and you can trust that what your practitioner recommends is in your best interest.
Are there any additional fees?
Any additional charges will relate to products offered. You will be advised in advance of any such charges.
Health funds and HICAPS
The Acupuncture Guy Ashgrove is recognised by all major health funds and is able to offer health fund rebates. The HICAPS terminal offers patients the convenience of on the spot claiming, and is available in the Ashgrove clinic. The amount which you can claim back will vary depending on your level of cover. Hard paper receipts are also available if you leave your health fund card at home.