What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture has been used and tested for thousands of years and continues to be relevant today. The acupuncturist inserts very fine needles into the patient’s skin at specific points (acupuncture points), on the meridians/channels to balance Qi and Blood. The stimulation of these acupuncture points affects both the central and peripheral nervous systems. It triggers the release of the body’s internal chemicals such as endorphins and enkephalins, which have pain-relieving properties.

How does Acupuncture work?

We believe that the life energy (Qi) flows through the whole body. Sickness and pain are caused by an imbalance of Qi and Blood. The acupuncturist is able to influence health by stimulating specific points along the meridians to balance Qi and Blood.

Does Acupuncture hurt?

This is the most commonly asked question about acupuncture. Many people associate needles with pain; but Acupuncture is generally painless because acupuncture needles are about the thickness of a dog’s whisker or a strand of hair. You usually feel a very unique sensation that can vary from tingling, heaviness, warmth, or nothing at all after acupuncture insertion. Everyone’s experience is different. Should you experience any discomfort, inform the practitioner, and they will adjust the needles accordingly.

Do you reuse the needles?

No, we don’t. All needles are sterilized and disposable.

What can I expect during an acupuncture treatment?

We will collect a complete history and detailed evaluation of your condition during your first consultation. We will ask questions relating to many different aspects of your life, not only the condition for which you are seeking treatment. We will then take your pulse, examine your tongue, and palpate your abdomen or check for tender areas along the blood vessels if necessary. The initial visit usually lasts from one to one and a half hours including the treatment. Follow up visits usually last about 1 hour.

How often do I have to come?

Acupuncture treatments are done on a weekly basis, usually three times weekly for the first two weeks, twice weekly for a month or so, and once a week after that. Once the condition has been controlled and you are symptom-free, the treatments are done less frequently. Problems that have been around for a long time usually take more treatments to resolve than ones that have come about recently. Your treatment course will be determined after the first visit and reassessed after each session.

How many treatments will I need?

It is all dependant on the duration, severity, and nature of the issue. Everyone is different. Once you feel the improvement, we are confident we can help you to get better in the future with regular treatment so we suggest you continue with your treatment until you are pain free. How long it takes all depends on how severe is your problem is. Every case is unique.

How can I prepare for my session?

Do not engage in strenuous activity, smoke excessively, drink alcohol, or ingest heavy meals before or after your acupuncture treatment. It is best to eat a light meal before your treatment and wear shorts or loose clothing so that the arms and legs below the elbows and knees, as well as the abdomen, are accessible.

Does WHO (World Health Organization) recognize Acupuncture therapy?

Yes, it does. Acupuncture is an effective way of treating 28 conditions according to WHO. They include Hypertension, induction of labour, diverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy, Leukopenia, strokes and more. You can read more about it here:  http://www.iama.edu/OtherArticles/acupuncture_WHO_full_report.pdf

What can acupuncture treat?

A non-exhaustive list of conditions that have been managed and treated with acupuncture follows:

Women’s Health – Menstrual and gynaecological problems including PCOS, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, painful periods, heavy periods, pre-menstrual symptoms, Menopausal symptoms, Musculoskeletal problems – arthritis, back pain, hip pain, sciatica, neck pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, heel pain, tendonitis, Chronic pain, Neuralgia, Bell’s Palsy, trigeminal neuralgia, Headaches and Migraine, Hypertension, Fertility Issues, Recurrent miscarriage, Pregnancy care, Irritable bowel syndrome, Indigestion, bloating and heartburn, Alcohol and tobacco addiction, Low energy, Anxiety and low mood, Difficulty sleeping, insomnia, Recurrent sinusitis, Hay-fever, Cystitis.

Which part of my body will you insert needles in? My neck is so sore, I am worried that if you put acupuncture needles on my neck it might make it worse.

Our emphasis is on getting to the root of the problem, we are not restricted to using local acupuncture points to treat disease. This has many advantages. A patient who has neck pain, for example, may find it uncomfortable to hold their neck in one position for long enough to have local points used. If we use distant acupuncture points, the patient is free to move their neck, which will not only avoid aggravating the problem by adding stiffness to the equation, but will also allow the patient to appreciate the difference in pain levels and range of motion that needling has made.

We mainly choose to use acupuncture points below the knee and elbow, as we find that these are the most powerful acupuncture points. This also has the advantage that most patients will not need to strip off to be treated – in the majority of cases you will simply need to roll up your sleeves or trouser legs.   Acupuncture will usually be done on the wrist or ankle for neck pain and the elbow or knee for lower back pain.

We often find it useful to teach our patients acupuncture points which they can massage to relieve pain in between acupuncture treatment sessions.

Over the past few years I have been to the physiotherapist, the osteopath and the chiropractor without any results, but I am too scared of needles to try acupuncture, is there still a way you can help me?

Yes, we can still help you with our unique acupressure point massage which does not involve any needles. We also offer other forms of therapy such as ECT (Electroconvulsive therapy) Moxabustion, Fire Dragon therapy, herbal remedies and more.

How much do your treatments cost?

We have different charges to see our senior and junior practitioners. Please see our prices page for more details.

Do you treat ACC patients?

Yes, we do.

Do I need to pay a surcharge for ACC treatment?

Yes, you do. There is a $25.00-$35.00 surcharge depending on the practitioner you see. ACC will pay part of the treatment fee and you pay the rest.

Do I need a doctor’s referral to come to acupuncture treatment?

No, a doctor’s referral is not always necessary. You can come directly to us privately. If it is accident related, we will refer you to your GP to register your injury under ACC. You don’t need to wait until your ACC claim is approved to be able to start your treatment with us, you can pay privately and we will refund you once your ACC claim is approved.

How can I apply for ACC treatments?

If you or someone you care for is injured, get treatment as soon as possible. Don’t wait until you feel better, as this can often make the injury worse and your recovery longer. You can either go to your family doctor to fill out an ACC claim form first or you can start your treatment with us first then get your ACC claim form filled out with your GP later. Find out more details from ACC website.

What does our Acupuncture clinic specialise in?

Our clinic is best known for specialising in pain relief management, back pain, sciatica, knee pain, neck pain, headaches and post-operative rehabilitation and fertility treatment. With the knowledge of Chinese medicine, we are able to treat all areas. Just ring our friendly reception team and ask for an appointment.

How much is it to come privately if I don’t qualify for ACC?

Our private fees are $125.00 – $135.00 for an initial consultation and treatment, and $85.00 to $95.00 for every session thereafter, depending on which practitioner you see. We also offer packages deals for three treatments to be used in a week for a bit of a discount, an initial package deal is $280.00 ($93.33 each) and then the follow up package deal is $240.00 ($80.00 per treatment).

Chinese herbs are at an extra cost.

See our prices page for a break-down of the package deals