Dr Swee Teng
MBBS, FRACGP, FAMAC
Medical Acupuncture is the term used to describe acupuncture performed by a doctor trained and licensed in western medicine who has also had thorough training in acupuncture as a specialty practice.
When it comes to treating, healing and preventing medical conditions, or difficult complex medical conditions with unknown diagnoses, Medical Acupuncture plays a vital role in complementing mainstream western medicine.
Dr Swee Teng is a General Practitioner who specialises in Medical Acupuncture Treatment. She is also very passionate about providing a holistic approach that includes leading a healthy lifestyle.
Swee attained her Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from University of Queensland and subsequently became a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
Her early path to private practice commenced in rural Queensland (Kingaroy, Warwick, and Toowoomba).
Complementary medicine was not widely promoted throughout the mainstream practice. She found herself interested in complex medical cases that were resistant to traditional medical treatment and medications. She decided to pursue further education, leading to study and fellowship in Medical Acupuncture, with Australian Medical Acupuncture College.
“Trying out the techniques, it amazed me how well acupuncture works in treating these patients, how effective it is as a healing system.”
After 8 years experience with medical acupuncture, Swee is confident that acupuncture is an effective complement to mainstream medicine.
A Medical Acupuncturist practices both traditional western medicine and acupuncture to effectively treat your medical conditions.
Medical Acupuncture treatment, performed by a qualified general practitioner like Dr Teng, is eligible for a Medicare rebate. Please speak to our friendly receptionists for further information
Attending a Medical Acupuncture Appointment
Acupuncture is most effective when used as early as possible in the course of the medical conditions/problems.
It is very important for medical acupuncturist to perform a thorough assessment to make the medical diagnosis for the treating conditions before acupuncture treatment initiated. It should be administered by a registered and qualified medical practitioner who is well-versed in anatomy, physiology, pathology and standard diagnostic techniques.
Before attending an appointment for treatment, the patient should avoid rushing around and/or having a large meal, alcohol or excessive coffee intake. A short period of rest or relaxation after treatment will help to enhance the acupuncture response.
Sometimes patients may feel drowsy/sedated/sleepy while or after the acupuncture treatment, this is also beneficial in enhancing the acupuncture effect.
Please book an appointment with Dr Swee Teng to discuss your medical conditions and find out how acupuncture can help you!
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emotional and psychological conditions
chronic fatigue syndrome,
Patients are encouraged to discuss any other medical conditions they would like treatment for.
Acupuncture is suitable for people of all ages. Very fine needles are inserted through the skin at the chosen sites / points. Sometimes patients may feel the ‘de qi’, or slight discomfort of minimally painful sensation The needles used are sterile, single use disposable needles.
Laser acupuncture (without needles) is available for children or adults who are nervous about needles.
History of Acupuncture
‘Acupuncture’ is from Latin and is the insertion of dry needles into the body, at chosen sites, for the treatment or prevention of symptoms and conditions.
Acupuncture practice may date as early in the Stone Age, for over 4,000 years. The origins of acupuncture are lost in Chinese prehistory and rooted in the mythology of ancient China and Taoist thinking.
The oldest known test is the ‘Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine’, covered all forms of medicine, including moxibustion, acupuncture and herbs. The ‘Yellow Emperor’ who lived about 2700 B.C.
After the visit of President Nixon to China in 1972 acupuncture began to make an impact in the Western world.
In Europe, between 12% and 19% of the population report using acupuncture (Fisher & Ward 1994). Most sought therapies for chronic medical conditions. Acupuncture had been popular practice in Germany, France, Great Britain and other Europe countries for decades. In a recent study of German pain clinics, it was found that 90% of the physicians use acupuncture (Stux).