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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.