Rescue Acupuncture Chinese Medicine Brunswick, treatment can help with:

  • Pain relief and management
  • Stress
  • Chronic pain related to depression by managing the underlying chronic pain.
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia and other Sleeping problems
  • Menopause

Are you Pregnant? Acupuncture may be able to help with:

  • Pregnancy related Musculo-skeletal Pains
  • Nausea and Vomiting

About Fertility:

Many health practitioners may recommend acupuncture as an adjunct treatment that may assist with IVF treatment. There is continuing research about how acupuncture can assist with the effectiveness of IVF treatment and you should consult your treating practitioners about how acupuncture may be able to help you.

Scientific Evidence:

The recent publication “The Acupuncture Evidence Project: A Comparative Literature Review (2017)” allows us to review those conditions which have strong evidence and those which are showing moderate evidence. Check out this link for a more details

Strong Evidence allergic rhinitis (Hay fever), knee osteoarthritis, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, migraines, low back pain, postoperative nausea & vomiting, headaches and postoperative pain.

Moderate Evidence acute low back pain, acute stroke, neck pain, obesity, anxiety, Peri-menopausal and postmenopausal insomnia, asthma in adults, post-traumatic stress disorder, constipation, hypertension, irritable bowel syndrome and menopausal hot flushes.

Understanding Acupuncture

An Eastern Perspective


Acupuncture can be viewed from a number of different perspectives, such as through Eastern philosophies as well as through Western science. In Asia there is little need to understand why acupuncture works because people grow up with an expectation that it is an effective medicine. Traditionally acupuncture and Chinese medicine are thought to be the child of Taoist philosophical thought. That is why the body is understood to be a balance between the opposing and complimentary forces of Yin and Yang. This extends even further into the 5 elements of Water, Wood, Fire,Earth and Metal. Each of these elements works systemically with all the others in a holistic paradigm. The Earth element has two parts, one Yin and the other Yang, these are the organs of Spleen (yin) and Stomach (Yang). Likewise all the other elements have two organs associated with them except for the Fire element which has four.

The body is seen as a interdependent organism with systems working along side of other systems to create a living whole. The digestive system for instance works along side of the respiratory system and as well as being intimately linked with the cardiovascular system. Ki (or Chi or Qi) as well as Blood and other fluids circulate throughout the body with the Yang Ki dominant during the daytime and the Yin Ki dominant at night. Illness is seen as a natural development of these basic harmonies moving into discord. Bringing the body back into accord with the Way will also bring about good health.

A Western Perspective


In modern times it has become necessary to find the truth. The scientific method has allowed many myths to drop by the wayside but Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have been immune to this because they work. The onus has then been placed upon the broad shoulders of the researchers to find out why. One interesting result which has been the easily proven change is found in the skin over acupuncture points or ‘active points’. The points display a significantly different electrical conductivity as well as changes in how the body responds to thermal stimulation over these points.  This is perhaps why we use metal needles (to conduct electrical stimulus) and moxibustion (heat treatments).

The Acupuncture Evidence Project has been a valuable source of validation for our ever growing community of acupuncture practitioners (see link above).

A Deeper Scientific Analysis

The main therapeutic effects of needling are achieved through stimulation of the nervous system (sensory stimulation) (Zhao ZQ. Neural mechanism underlying acupuncture analgesia. Prog Neurobiol 2008;85:35575)  with some overlap with transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation and spinal cord stimulation. This is similar to the Gate theory of Acupuncture, in which the stimulation of the points has an effect similar to opening and closing gateways of pain.

Acupuncture needling has local effects through local antidromic axon reflexes, releasing neuropeptides such as calcitonin gene related peptide (Dawidson I,Angmar-Mansson B,Blom M,et al. The influence of sensory stimulation (acupuncture) on the release of neuropeptides in the saliva of healthy subjects. Life Sci 1998;63:65974) and increasing local nutritive blood flow,(Sandberg M,Lundeberg T,Lindberg LG,et al. Effects of acupuncture on skin and muscle blood flow in healthy subjects. Eur J Appl Physiol 2003;90:1149) improving, for example, the function of salivary glands.(Blom M,Dawidson I,Angmar-Mansson B. Acupuncture treatment of xerostomia caused by irradiation of the head and neck region: case reports. J Oral Rehabil 1993;20:4914)

In the spinal cord and brain, there is well established evidence that acupuncture causes the release of opioid peptides and serotonin.(Han JS,Terenius L. Neurochemical basis of acupuncture analgesia. Annu Rev Pharmacol Toxicol 1982;22:193220.) The clinical effects on musculoskeletal pain are best explained by inhibition of the nociceptive pathway at the dorsal horn (segmental effects) (Sandkuhler J. Learning and memory in pain pathways. Pain 2000;88:11318) by activation of the descending inhibitory pathways, (Staud R,Price DD. Mechanisms of acupuncture analgesia for clinical and experimental pain. Expert Rev Neurother 2006;6:6617) and possibly by local or segmental effects on myofascial trigger points