If this is your first time to an acupuncturist, all new patients come in with a certain amount of anxiety about having acupuncture for the first time as it is the unknown. That is perfectly normal.


"Does Acupuncture Hurt?"

Acupuncture needles are different to the needles you think of when you have an injection or have blood taken. Acupuncture needles used in this clinic are 0.20mm thick incredibly thin, about the same size as the thickness of your hair.

Most acupuncture points used in a treatment are pain free ocassionally one is stronger or like a mosquito bite. This will only last for a short amount of time, if this persists always mention to the practitioner you are uncomfortable with a certain acupuncture point and the needle will be adjusted to allow you to relax during the treatment.


"Are the Needles sterile?"

The practitioners use only pre-sterilized, single use, disposable acupuncture needles.


"Is Acupuncture Safe?"

The acupuncturist in this clinic is registered and fully qualified as required by the Chinese Medicine Board and APHRA. This has been a national requirement since July 2012.


"How does Acupuncture Work?"

Acupuncture is over 5,000 years old. As part of Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, acupuncture regulates the flow of Qi, and blood. It is about stimulating circulation, a type of unseen energy, our life force energy. In todays modern world we have been able to measure this as our electro-magnetic energy. It is the energy that responds to each of the cells in our body. The chinese medicine practitioner identifies this in a system of channels or meridians which connect acupuncture points to tissues, muscles and organs. 

Yin and Yang are also part of the principles of Chinese philosophy and medicine. Good health comes from a balance of Yin and Yang. A balance of our base energy through day and night that moves and nourishes.

Qi is about circulation of the energy and circulating the blood which nourishes the cells, tissues and oragns. Qi takes on many forms in the body and basically keeps us alive. When the Qi, blood, fluids or spirit are out of balance, deficient or stagnated the body will show signs of pain, discomfort, disease or emotional disturbances.

There are over 500 acupuncture points that an experienced acupuncturist uses to regulate the flow of Qi and blood and rebalance the body, mind and spirit.


"What happens in the first acupuncture treatment?"

In your first acupuncture treatment, it is approximately an hour. This is longer than a followup treatment which can vary from 30 mins to 45 mins. Your health is discussed, taking your medical history, view any reports and assess health supplements. You will be asked a range of questions, listen to your concerns, feel your pulse and observe the body, to determine how the energy is flowing throughout your body and where there are imbalances. This allows a traditional chinese medicine diagnosis and an acupuncture treatment specifically for your body at this specific time. Chinese medicine views the body as a whole of body, mind and spirit so some questions might seem irrelevant. But they give the practitioner information that determines how to balance your body and acheive your best outcome for optimum health.

A treatment plan is then discussed and recommendations are made using acupuncture, massage, cupping, dietary recommendations, exercises and advice on vitamins, minerals and herbs.

Wear clothing that is easy to remove for the treatment is advisable. Towels are also provided for you to cover yourself.

The needles are left in for a period of 10 to 40 minutes. You should feel comfortable and relaxed, listening to the music. Most people feel a state of deep relaxation, wellbeing and may fall asleep. In the Chinese philosohpy this allows the Qi to flow freely.


"What can I expect from the Acupuncture Treatment?"

After the treatment most people feel a sense of general wellbeing and relaxation. We are all individuals so this may vary.  Some people, not all, may experience a mild exacerbation of symptoms after the first treatment this is because acupuncture is about movement and stimulating circulation. This will subside and will improve over following treatments. The movement of energy after a treatment session keeps working for 24 to 48 hours after the needles have been removed.