Dr. Andrew Jan

MBBS FAMAC BA FACEM M Phil

Qualifications

Dr Andrew Jan is a qualified Medical Acupuncturist and Fellow of the Australian Medical Acupuncture College. Andrew is also a Specialist Emergency Physician with the Australian College of Emergency Medicine. He has both an Arts degree and a Masters in Philosophy.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture and its modern counterpart Aculaser represent one of the most prominent healing modalities within the Taoist healing armamentarium and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Its mechanism of action is said to lie within the subtle realm of mind, organ, meridian and body connection. From a Western understanding, acupuncture increases release of endorphins, serotonin and nor-adrenaline in the dorsal horns of the spinal cord.

Acupuncture is used in pain syndromes especially with musculoskeletal medicine (fibromyalgia, neck and back pain, TMJ syndrome, tennis elbow and so on). It is used for the treatment of migraines, tension headaches, nausea and various other disorders (see below).

The efficacy of acupuncture from a Western evidence viewpoint continues to improve and gather momentum. According to the World Health Organisation, diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved— through controlled trials — to be an effective treatment include: Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy, Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever), Biliary colic, Depression, Dysmenorrhoea, primary Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm), Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders, Headache, Hypertension, essential Hypotension, primary Induction of labour, Knee pain, Leukopenia, Low back pain, Malposition of fetus, correction of Morning sickness, Nausea and vomiting, Neck pain, Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction), Periarthritis of shoulder, Postoperative pain, Renal colic, Rheumatoid arthritis, Sciatica, Sprains, Stroke and Tennis elbow[1].

The list for those conditions for which acupuncture shows likely therapeutic effect but requires further substantiation is also long. It includes: Abdominal pain, Acne vulgaris, Bell’s palsy, Bronchial asthma, Cancer pain, Cardiac neurosis, Competition stress syndrome, Craniocerebral injury, Earache, Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection, Female infertility, Facial spasm Female urethral syndrome, Fibromyalgia and fasciitis, Gastrokinetic disturbance, Gouty arthritis Hypo-ovarianism, Insomnia, Labour pain, Lactation, deficiency Male sexual dysfunction and non-organic Ménière disease.[1]

Disease and disorders that can be treated with acupuncture include: Neuralgia, post-herpetic Neurodermatitis, Osteoarthritis, Polycystic ovary syndrome (Stein– Leventhal syndrome), Postoperative convalescence, Premenstrual syndrome Prostatitis, chronic Pruritus, Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome Raynaud syndrome, primary Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection, Reflex sympathetic dystrophy, Retention of urine, Sialism, drug-induced Sjögren syndrome, Sore throat (including tonsillitis), Spine pain, acute Stiff neck Temporomandibular joint dysfunction, Tietze syndrome, Tobacco dependence, Ulcerative colitis, chronic Urolithiasis, [1]

The beauty of Acupuncture is that it firstly does little or no harm, which follows one of the first foundation principles for physicians set out by Hippocrates in 5th century BCE. This can be compared to hazardous invasive procedures and potentially toxic medicines. Patients can take ownership of their condition and continue on the positive effects after the treatment session. This can take the forms of lifestyle changes, dietary changes, stretching, meditation, Tai Chi and so on. The initial benefits are accessed through the support of the practitioner but thereafter are best carried on by the patient.

Dr Andrew Jan uses an integrated approach and will advise patients to find the right balance of Western Medicine and Eastern Medicine. Western Medicine has made great advances within the fields of Imaging and Diagnostics and Surgery and is powered by its alleged scientific basis and evidence based approach. Western Medicine has difficulties in managing pain syndromes, and views the patient as made of fragmented parts. Traditional Chinese medicine manages the whole person and attempts to assist the patient on a journey into integration of body, mind and spirit. Dr Jan has an interest in Mens Health, Pain syndromes and Sports Medicine.