Frequently Asked Questions

If you have some questions about acupuncture or some of the other treatments we provide, you will hopefully find the answers below.

 

The most common uses for acupuncture include:

  • Pain Management
  • Asthma
  • Drug Abuse
  • Alcoholism
  • Smoking
  • Stroke
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Gynaecological and Obstetric Problems
  • Sexual Problems.

 

Acupuncture is no different than any other form of medical treatment. Upon the patient’s first visit, the practitioner will record basic biographical information about the patient, and will then proceed with the diagnostic framework of Traditional Chinese Medicine, described as the four examinations. These include: observation, listening and smelling, questioning, and touching.

Once the diagnosis is complete, the practitioner will discuss the treatment with the patient, and the patient will have an opportunity to ask questions – i.e. how many needles will be used, at which acupoints, possible duration of treatment, complimentary treatments such as herbal medicine, etc.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into acupuncture points found on the body in order to stimulate the body’s healing energy. This energy is known as “Qi” (pronounced Che) and flows through channels or meridians, throughout the body.

Acupuncture is fast becoming recognised the world over as a safe and reliable form of treatment for many and varied conditions.

There are a number of different theories explaining how acupuncture works. Although we may not know precisely how it works, studies have shown that it does work for a large majority of people and conditions.

The total number of treatments required to effect change in a condition varies depending on the disease, it’s severity, the duration of the illness, the frequency of the treatments and the patient themselves.

Consultation with an experienced practitioner will offer the best guide for the length of treatment. However, as a rough guideline, the maximum benefit is usually obtained after approximately six treatments at weekly intervals. Three more treatments at three month intervals followed by one or two occasional treatments may be recommended to prevent recurrence.

The answer relies on the skill of the practitioner. If the acupuncturist is unsure of what they are doing, it is certainly possible to inflict injury with an acupuncture needle. However, when practised by a licensed, trained acupuncturist, acupuncture is extremely safe and there is no danger whatsoever. The importance of seeking an appropriately trained practitioner cannot be overstated.

As previously mentioned, acupuncture is an extremely safe method of treatment, and as such, side effects and complications are extremely rare when treated by an experienced, licensed practitioner. However, a small number of patients do have reactions to the procedure which may include nausea, lightheadedness and fainting.

As in any matter pertaining to health, any concerns should be discussed with the practitioner prior to treatment and following treatment to ensure maximum effectiveness.

A combination of full body and facial acupuncture can be used to rebalance the body’s energies, resulting in better sleep, less stress and better skin.

This treatment is a safe and natural alternative to surgical facelifts or cosmetic procedures; it is a non-surgical alternative whereby very fine needles are placed into specific points on the face and body.

It is thought that inserting needles stimulates the growth of collagen proteins that keeps the skin plump and supple, smoothing out lines and wrinkles.