Acupuncture old book


Acupuncture is a form of treatment that involves inserting very thin needles through a person’s skin at specific points on the body, to various depths.


Modern research has demonstrated acupuncture's effects on the nervous system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system. By stimulating the body's various systems, acupuncture can help to resolve pain, and improve sleep, digestive function, and sense of well-being.  Because acupuncture can lessen pain, nausea, and vomiting, it is sometimes used to help people cope with symptoms of cancer or chemotherapy.

At Kelli Howard Zen Medicine in Sydney, we offer acupuncture combined with Zen Shiatsu therapy.  We also offer Cosmetic Acupuncture, which is designed to address internal imbalances which over time become external issues showing on the facial area.

History of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient system of healing that has been used since before recorded history. The practice of acupuncture began during the Stone Age when sharp-edged tools and stones were used to puncture and drain abscesses, but it was first recorded in the ancient Chinese medical text Huang Di Nei Jing, The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine.

The basis of modern acupuncture was established during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) in China, before spreading to Japan.  There is evidence of it being used in the West since the 17th century, where it was first noted in Europe in 1810.

Acupuncture first came to Australia - as did many other Chinese cultural and medicinal elements - during the gold rush of the 1880s. Today, acupuncture is a commonly used form of complementary and alternative  medicine practised by Chinese medicine practitioners as well as other health professionals, including medical doctors, physiotherapists, midwifes, chiropractors, osteopaths and naturopaths.


Over 80% of Australian GP's refer their patients to acupuncturists at least once per year, resulting in roughly 10% of  Australians having received acupuncture treatment in the past year.1 

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