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What’s the difference between acupuncture and acupressure?

Acupuncture is an ancient form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that involves gently placing very thin needles into specific points along meridians (energy lines) of the body to treat various imbalances and illnesses. Acupressure is sometimes known as ‘needleless acupuncture’ because it uses the same principles but without the use of needles. Instead the practitioner uses the tips of their fingers to press into the same acupoints. Both practices have been in use for over 5,000 years in Asia.


How does acupuncture and acupressure work?

acupuntureThe basis of acupuncture and acupressure is the ancient belief that the body always seeks to heal itself and that its natural, default state is one of health and wellbeing. The belief is that if something is out of balance, illness or disease will result. The way back to health is to bring the body back into balance by unblocking the affected energy meridians by the use of tiny needles or pressure on the related acupoints.


Is acupuncture or acupressure painful?

It’s only natural that some people don’t like the idea of needles going into their skin. However, the sensation of acupuncture is only a very mild pinprick. Depending the part of the body, you may not even feel the needle going in! Acupressure, which doesn’t use needles, feels like concentrated pressure with only a mild feeling of discomfort. In fact, if you do feel a bit of mild discomfort this is a good sign! It means that the relevant meridian is blocked and needs clearing.


Conditions that can be treated with acupuncture and acupressure:

Acupuncture and acupressure may be help with a very wide range of conditions:

Musculoskeletal: Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica, lower back pain, shoulder and neck pain, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow.
Fertility, pregnancy, and gynaecological: Premenstrual tension (PMT), painful, heavy or irregular bleeding, amenorrhea, abnormal bleeding, hormonal issues, menopause symptoms, uterus or bladder prolapse, infertility, morning sickness.
Psychological or emotional: Depression, anxiety, emotional stress, nervous tension.
Sports-related injuries: torn knee cartilage, tearing of muscles, torn ligaments, bruises.
Neurological: migraine, headache, insomnia, facial paralysis, trigeminal neuralgia, Bell’s palsy.
Respiratory (lungs): asthma, bronchitis, tonsillitis, rhinitis, sinusitis, hay fever, chronic cough, laryngitis, sore throat, cold and flu.
Digestive and gastrointestinal: gastric and duodenal ulcers, gastritis, heartburn, flatulence, paralytic ileus, colitis, diarrhoea, constipation, haemorrhoids, liver and gallbladder disorders, and underweight or overweight.
Genital: cystitis, low sexual vitality, urinary retention, kidney disorders, nocturnal enuresis, and bladder dysfunction.
Skin: eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, nervous rashes, herpes zoster (shingles), acne, scar tissue.
Eyes: red, sore, itchy or watery eyes, conjunctivitis.


Acupuncture - by Lauren Gannon

Lauren Gannon is a qualified Chinese Medicine practitioner with a keen interest in disease prevention. Lauren’s primary motivation as a practitioner is helping others achieve their optimum level of health and well-being, using holistic approaches that are balanced and sustainable.

Lauren’s love and passion for Chinese medicine began from her own journey to investigate and identify solutions into everyday health issues that individuals face as a result of the lifestyle and environmental conditions we live under. Many of the health problems Lauren studied about can be attributed to living in stressful or toxic environments. Chinese medicine works by finding the imbalance in the body and treating the underlying cause. A deeper understanding of the connection between the mind and the body can help to align what is out of balance and achieve harmony and positive well-being.

Lauren’s areas of interest include gynaecology, fertility, pain management, oncology and general health. Through a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping/scrapping, dietary and lifestyle advice, Lauren aims to provide an integrated approach to achieving positive health outcomes.

After completing her Bachelor of Health Science (Chinese Medicine) degree at the Southern School of Natural Therapies, Lauren also undertook an internship in Taiwan, at the Tzu Chi Buddhist Hospital where she gained experience working within departments of gynaecology, dermatology, rheumatology, oncology, neurology and stroke. Lauren is a member of the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association. Consultations with Lauren Gannon are covered by all major private health funds.

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