What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is literary to puncture with a needle. It works on pathogenic links of diseases to combat various conditions. Heat, pressure and laser light can be applied to acupuncture points for enhanced treatment results. Acupuncture has 2500 years long of history during which a wealth of experience has been accumulated.

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is safe if it is performed appropriately by a competent therapist and our staffs at Hydra-time are qualified and of professional standards so that no need for safety concerns. Unlike medicines and drugs, acupuncture is not toxic and so no side-effect is involved in. As long as clean needles are used, there is also no need for skin infection and we give the top priority to the tool hygiene. In UK, a massive research on the safety of acupuncture was taken place where 574 practitioners were participated in and there were no reports of any serious adverse effects [1]. At Hydra-time, you can receive a safest acupuncture treatment in Brisbane.

Is acupuncture safe?

  • Reducing the level of neck pain [2]. Neck pain has a large impact on our health; loss of productivity, sick leave and laziness. Now remove the sources of annoying pain with a pinch of a needle!
  • Reducing the level of lower back pain. Thirty three people received acupuncture treatment and it showed the technique is effective for relieving chronic low back pain [3]
  • Reducing the level of headache. Two hundreds and seventy people with chronic or tension-tye headache went through acupuncture treatments and the researchers concluded that acupuncture was effective to reduce the level of headaches [4]
  • For treating some allergies
  • Alleviation of the cancer-related symptoms. Although the level of clinical evidence is not high, researchers suggested some efficacy in cancer-related symptom management [5]

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture is a non clinical method but it has been somehow effective in a wide range of conditions and diseases. Researchers took rigorous efforts to find out why acupuncture has been effective but they couldn’t collect much clinical evidence. Some people found that acupuncture can modulate the activity of the dynamic of our body when patients were scanned by MRI[6]. Lymphatic system, fluidity in intestines and blood circulation are also found to be affected. Overall, the power of acupuncture may be beyond what the scientists today can measure but the long standing history of acupuncture convinces us the usefulness of the technique.


1. MacPherson, Hugh, et al. “The York acupuncture safety study: prospective survey of 34 000 treatments by traditional acupuncturists.” Bmj 323.7311 (2001): 486-487
2. Trinh, Kien, et al. “Acupuncture for neck disorders.” The Cochrane Library(2006).
3. Melchart, Dieter, et al. “Acupuncture in patients with tension-type headache: randomised controlled trial.” Bmj 331.7513 (2005): 376-382.
4. Manheimer, Eric, et al. “Meta-analysis: acupuncture for low back pain.” Annals of internal medicine 142.8 (2005): 651-663.
5. Towler, P., A. Molassiotis, and S. G. Brearley. “What is the evidence for the use of acupuncture as an intervention for symptom management in cancer supportive and palliative care: an integrative overview of reviews.” Supportive Care in Cancer 21.10 (2013): 2913-2923.
6. Kong, Jian, et al. “A pilot study of functional magnetic resonance imaging of the brain during manual and electroacupuncture stimulation of acupuncture point (LI-4 Hegu) in normal subjects reveals differential brain activation between methods.” The Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine 8.4 (2002): 411-419.
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