Is acupuncture painful? What does it feel like?
Acupuncture needles are very fine, not much thicker than a human hair and are very finely polished.
Most people feel nothing at all and are surprised the needle has already entered the skin. Occasionally the needle can produce a small pinch which disappears very quickly.
Needles are then stimulated to produce a mild “Qi” (energy) sensation, which may cause a feeling of heaviness, dullness, numbness or tingling. These sensations are good as they indicate that the “Qi” (energy) is flowing.
If any discomfort is experienced, an adjustment is made to reduce the sensation immediately. Once the needles are inserted, they are left for a period of time. Many people describe acupuncture as relaxing and calming, and are quite often sleepy after their treatment.
Is acupuncture safe and are there any side effects?
Yes! Acupuncture is safe and regulated very strictly in Australia.
All practitioners are registered with the Chinese Medicine Registration Board of Victoria, and perform the treatment using only sterile disposable needles.
Generally there are no side effects, although some people may experience euphoria, slight light headedness, dizziness and unusually nausea. Any of these side effects should only last a short time. It is also possible a small bruise may occur at the site of needle insertion. The bruising is not serious and lightens after a few days. This is usually seen in hypersensitive patients and people who bruise easily. Any side effects should be reported at your next visit.
I experienced slight light-headedness after my acupuncture session. Is this normal?
Acupuncture works on the principle of moving energy and blood throughout the body. If you feel a little lightheaded, it means that something has been moved and the healing process has begun.
Lightheadedness may also occur if you have not eaten before having a treatment. A treatment is similar to expending a lot of energy throughout the day without nourishing the body adequately.
How many treatments do I need?
Each person is unique and the number and frequency of treatments will vary. It is determined by the type of condition, whether the condition is chronic or acute, age, gender, the vitality of the individual and other factors. A treatment plan will be discussed with you on your first visit, and adjusted accordingly.
How long does each session last?
Each session will usually last 45 – 60 minutes, with the needles being retained around 30 minutes.
An initial consultation and treatment will take up to 1½ hours as a comprehensive analysis will be taken to correctly diagnose you.
How do I prepare for my acupuncture treatment?
It is advised you are not hungry or too full before your acupuncture session. Having an empty or full stomach may hinder the healing process. Please ensure you are not intoxicated or under the influence of any substance before treatment.
It is also recommended you wear comfortable clothing to help you relax and feel at ease.
What should I wear to my acupuncture session?
We recommend you wear comfortable and loose clothing for your acupuncture session.
Comfortable clothing is easier to relax in during a treatment and allows you to receive the full benefits of the acupuncture.
Most Acupuncture treatments are able to be administered almost fully clothed (usually just shoes and socks off), but depending on the acupuncture appropriate for the condition a level of disrobing may be necessary.
This may only be the removal of a particular article of clothing (for example a jumper or jacket)
Be assured that our practitioners will take all of the appropriate steps to maintain your modesty and may employ the use of towels when necessary.
Note: Acupuncture should not involve the removal of underwear or exposure of any personal areas of the body.
Can I receive acupuncture if I’m menstruating?
Absolutely, it is perfectly fine to have an acupuncture treatment while menstruating, although some women can experience little more sensitivity to the needles.
For women with menstrual issues such as very painful periods/cramps or endometriosis, we would encourage them to come in a few days before or during the period to encourage the smooth flow of blood.
Is TCM Safe During Pregnancy?
It is very safe to receive acupuncture during pregnancy at any trimester.
Our practitioners are trained in dealing with the specificities required by pregnant women.
Who is most likely to benefit from acupuncture?
Acupuncture is beneficial for people of all ages, both male and female. It is great as a preventative health measure as well as treating acute and chronic disorders; including women’s health and reproductive issues, pain, arthritis, headaches and migraines, insomnia, emotional issues, digestive issues and many more.
Can children have TCM treatment?
Absolutely. Chinese medicine is very effective for paediatric care for children of all ages. Herbal dosages are adjusted accordingly and acupuncture treatments are reduced by the number of insertions and retention time to suit the age and condition of the child.
I am currently on medication, should I stop taking them?
No. You should continue to follow your current physician’s instructions. Please remember that acupuncture and Chinese medicine is used to complement and supplement your current treatments, not to replace them. Please inform both physician and Chinese medicine practitioner of any medication you are taking. In some cases, it is not advisable to combine treatments.
How do I pay for my appointment? Can I claim on my health fund?
Payment can be made by cash, EFTPOS, Visa or Mastercard. A HICAPS facility is also available. If you are a member with a participating health fund, we are able to process your health fund rebate on the spot! Please check with your health insurer on the service they cover and on your level of coverage. Please note that a 2% surcharge applies for credit card transactions.