Frequently asked questions

What happens at a typical acupuncture session?

The initial acupuncture appointment starts with a discussion with your acupuncture therapist.  This will include a chat about your health history, specific ailments, and if you have any concerns.  Your therapist then follows with physical diagnosis and develops a suitable treatment plan in consultation with you.

Subsequent acupuncture sessions are generally focussed on specific areas and treatments may include not only Acupuncture, which can include ear acupuncture, Moxibustion, Electro Acupuncture, Tui na (Chinese Massage), Gua Sha (Skin scraping), Cupping, Cosmetic Acupuncture.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Generally it does not hurt at all. The needles used are approximately the thickness of a human hair.  Sometimes you might feel a comfortable sensation at the afflicted area starts to relax.

Do I need to prepare for an acupuncture session?

You should have a shower prior to your appointment.  This will also aid in loosening tight ligaments and muscles.  It is a good idea to eat something before a treatment.

Are there any side effects to acupuncture?

Some people experience feeling lightheaded after a treatment.  This is mostly attributed to getting up from the table too quickly, or the relaxed sensation from the treatment.

Can acupuncture be dangerous with those long needles?

No. We are experts in their use following years of training.

Is acupuncture a real alternative to pharmaceuticals?

Many patients claim to have ongoing relief from health issues as a result of acupuncture. Whilst others find acupuncture reduces the need for pharmaceutical based treatments.  Like medical procedures, acupuncture can simply not fix everything, though treatments nearly always improve the quality of life.

Will I need ongoing acupuncture for chronic issues?

Similar as to western medical treatments, there are no hard and fast rules as every patient and symptom is unique.  However it can be said that a significant proportion of patients with chronic issues find at least temporary relief through acupuncture, whilst other claim to have permanent relief of previous chronic issues.

What is the difference between acupuncture and dry-needling?

Dry-needling focuses only on the specific problem area, whereas acupuncture not only targets the specific problem, but also the surrounding areas, and the Chi flow in that area.  In other words, dry-needling focuses on the symptoms whereas acupuncture engages with the symptoms as well as the cause of the symptoms

Dry-needling is not considered safe unless the practitioner has an Acupuncture Degree, or a Medical degree

How are Acupuncturists trained?

Acupuncture qualifications can only be obtained in Australia through four years of full-time university study in a Bachelor of Health Science.  This includes a broad range of in depth study, ranging from Pharmacology of Chinese Herbal Medicine to Communication for the Complementary Therapist, and semesters of supervised Clinical Practice.

Is there any scientific evidence that acupuncture actually works?

Contemporary western research has found strong evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture as an alternative to chronic pain management, to download this evidence, please click here.

Can I use acupuncture in conjunction with other treatments?

Yes, unless expressly advised against by your medical professionals.  To ensure your welfare, our acupuncturist will discuss any health issues you have prior to a treatment.

Is acupuncture safe for children?

Acupuncture is as safe for children as it is for all people. Some clinics also treat animals, though we are not that way inclined 😉