Frequently asked Questions
What happens during my first consultation?
Acupuncture treatments are made by appointment only.
Here's what will happen:
We will discuss your needs and history.
Needles will be placed according to the diagnosis. Treatment may include cupping, moxabustion or electro-acupuncture.
You will relax in the treatment room with the needles in, for 15 to 20 minutes.
Afterward, there will be time to ask questions and to discuss your treatment plan.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the placement of hair-thin needles into various locations in the body. These locations are known as acupuncture points.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
The theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine state that when healthy, our Qi or life force runs through our body in a network of channels or meridians. An interruption or blockage of this energy flow can create imbalance, blockage or stagnation, which itself can result in illness. By putting acupuncture needles into these points, the Qi is stimulated to flow better, thus improving the health and wellbeing of the individual.
As a natural form of healing, acupuncture has the following benefits:
- Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins.
- Acupuncture stimulates the secretion of hormones and other brain chemicals such as serotonin.
- White blood cells migrate to the areas where the acupuncture needles are inserted.
- Acupuncture changes the pattern of blood flow through the body.
- Brain scans on people having acupuncture have shown certain segments of the brain "light up," signaling that the brain has been energized to make a positive response.
- Acupuncture provides drug-free pain relief.
- Acupuncture treats the underlying cause of disease and illness as well as the symptoms.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
You may feel a tingling or numb sensation after the needles have been inserted, however the acupuncture needles are very fine. Generally people feel relaxed during and after treatment.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Yes, all needles are pre-sterilised and disposable and practioners follow a strict code of ethics set out by the Acupuncture Foundation Professional Association.
What should I wear for treatments?
Needles may be inserted in your legs, arms or abdomen, so it's best to wear loose, comfortable clothing. Also, try not to eat anything for at least an hour before treatment and avoid alcohol prior to your treatment.
How long do I have to have treatment for?
The number of treatments depends on your condition. Some patients feel better after the first treatment, sometimes it may take several treatments before an improvement is noticed.