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Acupuncture – Nov 2016
Definition of Treatment
Acupuncture involves the use of thin solid metal needles which are inserted in the body at very specific points. A major concept of TCM (and Acupuncture) is the notion that a vital energy or life force called Qi circulates throughout the body via a system of pathways known as meridians. There are a total of 20 meridians: 12 primary meridians, which correspond to specific organs, organ systems or functions, and eight secondary meridians. Imbalances or disharmony in the flow of Qi is seen to cause illness; correcting the flow of this vital energy with Acupuncture restores the body to balance and maintains the health of this unique system.
The assessment must include the development of a specific treatment plan as to the best course of treatment for the patient’s condition/injury. This treatment plan forms the basis of the clinical notes. These notes must be consistent with the ATMS Code of Conduct, AHPRA requirements and the additional requirements set by the health funds.