Acupuncture is a part of traditional Chinese medicine that involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the skin.
Acupuncture is performed by skilled practitioners and can safely and effectively treat a range of diseases.
Even if you don't believe in the underlying philosophy, this treatment is effective.
Acupuncture has been a part of traditional Chinese medicine (traditional Chinese medicine store) for thousands of years. It involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the skin, or applying a variety of other techniques to points to restore balance and encourage the body to heal itself.
Evidence of the effectiveness of acupuncture
Scientific trials around the world have found that acupuncture, when performed by skilled practitioners, is a safe and effective treatment for many different conditions.
The UK's National Health Service has carried out a systematic review of the evidence on the use of acupuncture to treat or manage a range of conditions. They found evidence that acupuncture was effective in treating toothache, jaw pain and controlling nausea after surgery and chemotherapy.
For many situations where acupuncture can be used, the evidence has not been systematically reviewed, or the current scientific evidence that acupuncture is effective has not been established.
Clinical guidelines issued by many different countries have found acupuncture to be somewhat helpful in a variety of situations, especially when pain is involved.
Laws and regulations on acupuncture practice
In addition, a number of indirect laws may apply, including:
Drug and Poisoning Schedule - Restrict access to herbs and herbal substances known to be toxic
Skin Penetration Regulations - emphasize the need for strict hygiene practices such as the use of pre-sterilized, disposable and disposable acupuncture needles
Therapeutic Goods Administration - This government organization develops legislation requiring Good Manufacturing practices (GMP) for products that claim to be sterile, including acupuncture needles. In order to be legally sold, acupuncture needles must be listed in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods.