Acupuncture

Acupuncture

Simon Want BSc, PhD Acupuncturist & Chinese Medicine Practitioner

Acupuncture is based on a theory that electromagnetic energy runs through our body along particular pathways (called channels or meridians) and helps our body stay balanced and healthy. When the energy flow is disrupted by internal disharmony or external cause, our body displays ‘alarm signals’ (such as pain), signaling that something is wrong. The energy surfaces in precisely located neurovascular nodes (points) which are needled using extremely thin, sterile and disposable needles. These acupuncture points have been found to have a higher concentration of nerves supplying it. Research has found when these points are needled, it sends messages to the brain (via stimulation of the nervous system) to emit a variety of biochemical signals that influence other cells of the body.

Research has found when these points are needled, it sends messages to the brain (via stimulation of the nervous system) to emit a variety of biochemical signals that influence other cells of the body. This will often result in an anti-inflammatory response, or the release of natural painkillers (such as endorphin, enkephalin, endomorphin, and dynorphin), as well as releasing neurotransmitters that create a sensation of relaxation and well being. It is these biochemical cascades of reactions and sensations which, over time, has been shown to reduce the severity and symptoms of many modern conditions and complaints.

What acupuncture treats:
• Stress
• Anxiety
• Sleep issues, insomnia
• Migraines or headaches
• Nausea/vomiting
• Allergic rhinitis
• High blood pressure
• Irritable bowel syndrome
• Diarrhoea/constipation
• Addictions (eg quit smoking)
• Support during pregnancy
• Women’s health (eg dysmenorrhoea)

Our Acupuncturist Simon studied for his Bachelor of Biomedical Science at Griffith University and during his studies begin his journey into Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, an area which had always fascinated him, having seen the benefits to many friends and family. Simon completed his degree - Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture) - in 2013 and went straight into practice. In 2014 he started his Masters of Applied Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine) at RMIT University which he completed in 2016.

In his 4 years of practice, he has treated musculoskeletal complaints and developed an interest in the treatment of stress, anxiety, digestive health, together with women’s/men’s health. A particular interest is offering support during pregnancy. Simon is registered with most private health insurance companies, as well as offering treatment for the return to work injuries with WorkCover Queensland.