Questions people ask themselves about acupuncture
IS IT SAFE?
Yes. Recent surveys have shown that acupuncture is one of the safest complementary therapies in use in the world today. As both a registered acupuncturist of AACMA (Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association) & an accredited member of AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) I observe a strict code of safe practice which governs the standard of care and level of conduct.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN ON MY FIRST VISIT?
As each individual receives a personally tailored treatment, the first consultation is often longer than subsequent sessions and can take up to one and a half hours. I will ask you about your current symptoms, your medical history, diet, digestion, sleeping patterns and emotional state. I will take your pulse on both wrists and examine your tongue for diagnostic purposes.
HOW OFTEN WILL I NEED TREATMENT?
This varies from one patient to another, although most people usually notice improvements after one to three sessions. Together we will review your progress, and carefully monitor your treatment to ensure that it matches your needs. Generally speaking the more chronic the condition, the longer it will take to rebalance your body so that healing can take place.
WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE A TREATMENT?
Make sure you have eaten something, but if possible avoid having a heavy meal within an hour of your appointment as you may need to lie on your stomach. You should also avoid alcohol and coffee before treatment.
HOW WILL I FEEL AFTER A TREATMENT?
You are likely to feel relaxed and calm. You may feel tired or drowsy and it is worth bearing this in mind if you plan to drive or use any other machinery soon afterwards.
ARE THERE ANY UNPLEASANT SIDE-EFFECTS?
Acupuncture has virtually no unpleasant side-effects. Any that do occur are mild and self-correcting. Occasionally there may be minor bruising at the needle point or a short-term flare-up of your symptoms as your qi (pronounced chi = energy movement) clears and resettles. Always make sure you see a qualified practitioner.
SHOULD I STILL TAKE MY PRESCRIBED MEDICATION WHILE I’M HAVING A COURSE OF ACUPUNCTURE?
Yes. The acupuncture treatment may enable you to reduce or even stop taking some forms of medication but you should always consult your doctor regarding any change of prescription. DO NOT stop taking medication without professional guidance from your GP. Acupuncture can work in conjunction with Western medicine and may help with the side-effects of medication.
I HAVE PRIVATE MEDICAL INSURANCE – WILL IT COVER THE COST OF MY TREATMENT?
That depends upon your insurer. You should check your individual policy details; some insurers may provide cover for complementary medicine.
ARE THE NEEDLES STERILE?
Yes. I only use single-use disposable needles which are sterile and high quality.
They are much thinner, hairlike in fact, than the needles used for injections and are also solid as I am not pushing any substance in or taking any substance out. People are always surprised
and usually comment “Is that it?” the acupuncture needles have a tapered
tip resulting in a smoother, more gentle insertion.