Vincent Wen-Hsien Liu, a registered Acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, treats the body as a cohesive system that contains an innate ability to restore its own balance or harmony. A postgraduate of the Traditional Chinese Medicine program at the University of Western Sydney, Vincent travelled to China for intensive clinical training at the Jiangsu Provincial Hospital in 2008.
As a child, Vincent idolised his grandfather who practised Chinese herbalism in Taiwan. His love and respect for his grandfather guided him to begin his healing path as a Chinese medicine practitioner. Raised in a religious family, Vincent is a person who is kind and passionate about helping others and strives to be a provider of healing sourced from the heart.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture can be an effective form of health care that stimulates the body's natural ability to heal faster. It primarily involves improving blood circulation in the body via the dilation of blood vessels.
An acupuncturist uses their understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology (disease processes) to determine where to place very fine, sterile needles at specific acupuncture points within the body. This can result in reduced swelling, improved recovery after injury and decreased intensity of nerve pain. Acupuncture also stimulates the brain to release endorphins which can act as "natural pain killers" to relieve pain.
Generally acupuncture does not hurt. However, many patients may experience a dull, energy-spreading sensation when the needle gets into the right spot. This is called "De Qi" which means "the arrival of energy" and is a good sign that the treatment is working.
What can acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture has been recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to be effective in the treatment or management of a wide range of disorders including:
Musculoskeletal Conditions such as lower back pain, sciatica, disc herniation, arthritis, neck and shoulder pain as well as knee and ankle injuries
Digestive disorders such as abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gastric reflux and weight management.
Mental Wellbeing such as anxiety, stress, nervousness, insomnia and depression.