FAQs

What if I don’t like needles?

Acupuncture needles are very fine and inserted into energy wells that absorb the needle stimulation without pain. Due to gentle support most clients make the transition to needle application as a personal preference.
Acupuncture is not the only method of stimulating Qi. Clients who are at first concerned or anxious of needles can receive electro-acupuncture, moxibustion, manual point stimulation, Traditional Chinese Massage as alternatives to needle insertion.

Can I use private health cover?

Yes, we are a registered provider under most Private Health Insurance covers.

Is Acupuncture safe for my child?

Yes, children respond well to acupuncture. Gentle or non-invasive methods are applied.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture has been used to treat illness and wellbeing for more than 3000 years and is a component of the Traditional Chinese system of medicine. It is the art of anatomically inserting very fine, sterile, single use needles into acupuncture points along energy channels of the body known as meridians, with the aim to relieve pain, clear energy blockages and encourage normal flow of Qi.
According to Traditional Chinese Medical Theory, acupuncture points lie along meridians where Qi flows, modern medicine may interpret this as the electrical circuit of the body. As a natural form of healing, acupuncture has the following benefits:
• provides drug-free pain relief
• effectively treats a wide range of acute and chronic ailments
• treats the underlying cause of disease and illness as well as the symptoms
• provides a holistic approach to the treatment of disease and illness, linking body, mind and emotions
• assists in the prevention against disease and illness as well as the maintenance of general well-being
The efficiency of the treatment is a result of how the needles are administered by the practitioner with regard to direction, depth and the practitioner’s intent and knowledge of the art. For the client the experience is predominantly painless and the therapeutic effect is further enhanced by the opportunity to relax, away from busy demands. Treatment may include the use of auxiliary methods such as Moxa, Cupping, Heat lamp, Herbal patches, Oriental/Remedial Massage, Supplements and or Chinese Herbal Medicine to enhance the effectiveness of the acupuncture.

What to expect from a consultation and treatment?

Your first consultation will generally include a health assessment and treatment. The health assessment involves an interview, health questionnaire and physical examination. Traditional diagnosis including examination of your tongue and palpation of your wrist pulses are further augmented with western clinical examination.
Such thorough enquiry using modern and traditional methods of analysis ensures we gain a deep understanding of:
• The level of care and health program required.
• Genetic and predisposing factors underlying your health condition.
• Past and present mental, physical, emotional and environmental issues pertaining to your health.
• Energetic quality of your state of health from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective. The patient interview is useful for assessing the body’s balance of yin and yang (hot or cold properties), for evaluating deficiency or excess patterns of disease, and for determining the state of the body’s internal organs and channels.
Once an assessment is made, a series of acupuncture points is selected to improve the balance of yin and yang, to harmonise a deficient or excess condition, and to nourish the organ or channel involved in the disease process. Stimulation of the selected acupoints (situated along meridians in the body) by inserting needles, promotes the flow of energy through the system, and thereby restore the body’s balance and relieve symptoms.
Acupuncture needles are very fine and insertion is generally pain free. Report any discomfort as it is important that you are relaxed and comfortable during treatment, which can last for 45 minutes. Many clients doze off to sleep, which is fine as it allows the body’s energy to absorb the effects of the acupuncture. Depending on what is required treatments are performed with the client lying down on a treatment table clothed or partially clothed and administered to the back and/or front of the body.
Lifestyle advice may also be discussed and recommended with the aim to assist healing and recovery processes.

What to expect from a Treatment Plan or Health Care Program?

We understand that the importance of health can be different from person to person. To cater for this, we have developed Levels of Care to suit your particular needs and health goals.

Symptomatic Care

Symptomatic Level of Care is for simple acute health problems, which can be dealt with quickly. Superficial complaints can be relieved in as little as one treatment. More long-term conditions may require a Treatment Plan of two acupuncture treatments per week for up to 3-5 weeks depending on the degree of the problem. This level of care is ideal if you want a quick fix and not interested in treating the underlying cause of your health problem.

What to expect from a Treatment Plan or Health Care Program?

We understand that the importance of health can be different from person to person. To cater for this, we have developed Levels of Care to suit your particular needs and health goals.

Corrective Care

Our Corrective Care Level takes more time, energy and commitment. A chronic or long-term condition may require a more intensive and/or long-term program. This level of care is ideal for clients who wish to improve and maintain their health with longer term, quality health and lifestyle goals. At the end of the prescribed program you will feel renewed and understand what it takes to stay on top of your health in the future.
Health evaluations at your first consultation and results from any tests will determine the Specialised Corrective Care Program best suited to your needs. It is important that your core energy is at a level able to support deeper healing at this level of care so the first stage often involves at least 3 weeks of 2 acupuncture treatments per week as a way to improve all system responses to the healing process required. It is expected that at the end of the first stage your condition will have improved markedly and moved into a less debilitating stage or process. Next the underlying causes of your condition are addressed and deeper organ imbalances relieved by a program combining dietary modification, detoxification, nutritional supplementation and Acupuncture treatments.
Programs at this level of care are designed to reverse a lifetime of damage to organs and prevent degenerative disease. The outcome being improved performance, enhanced standard of living and quality of life.

Disease Prevention and Maintenance Health Care

A Preventative and Maintenance Health Program for Life prevents health conditions developing. When the signs and symptoms of disharmony present the disease is already active and has been for quite a while. It is only when our quality of life is lost that we seek alternative treatment. On the other-hand treatment at an earlier stage would prevent a debilitating disease crisis. Many clients adopt maintenance care programs as an effective way to reduce long-term health costs, prevent drastic health outcomes including surgery and long-term drug reliance while increasing life force and quality of life. Preventative or Maintenance Care is less demanding on the body, as it doesn’t deplete life giving energy reserves to the extent that healing a disease does. Ask one of our practitioners for more information on our Maintenance Care Program.