Amanda Cox | Acupuncture Melbourne

About Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into the body. These needles can be used locally in areas corresponding to the ailment, or in other areas located on energy pathways throughout the body.

TCM style acupuncturists work on the theory that the body’s energy flows along pathways called meridians or channels. By inserting a needle into a specific point along these pathways it is possible to influence the flow of energy along the entire meridian. Imagine a stream that has become blocked by rocks, causing the flow of water to become disrupted. If you take a stick and move the rocks you restore the smooth flow of water. This is similar to the way in which TCM style acupuncture works.

An acupuncturist will use acupuncture needles in different ways depending on the patient. They may increase energy in a channel, move a blockage, or calm excess energy depending on the disharmony. There are twelve main energy meridians that flow around the body, and these are all associated with a different internal organ.

When a needle is inserted you may not actually feel it at all; acupuncture needles are very fine stainless steel needles that resemble hairs more than hypodermics. When the energy reaches the needle you are likely to feel a tingling, warm sensation, or a dull ache - the sensation is certainly nothing to be afraid of. Acupuncture needles come in sterilised packaging guarded by plastic guide tubes - they are used once only and disposed of.

Acupuncture is one of the safest medical treatments, both conventional and complementary, on offer in the UK. Two surveys conducted independently of each other and published in the British Medical Journal in 2001 concluded that the risk of a serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000. This is far less than many orthodox medical treatments.

Please email Amanda at, or call 0475 866 754 if you wish to discuss treatments or your condition prior to you booking your appointment.