Acupuncture Questions and Answers

Ngaio Clinic Photography-03Does acupuncture hurt?

We use very fine needles and while you may experience a brief prick when the needle is first inserted, once the needles are in you should not experience any pain. You may feel a dull ache while the needles are on particular points in your body. People do not use the word ‘pain’ to describe this sensation. Acupuncture treatment should  be calming and relaxing. It is essential that you let us know if you are uncomfortable.

Where are common acupuncture points?

Most major acupuncture points are on the arms – from your elbow to your fingers – and on the legs – from your knee to your toes. There are also major points on the back in the muscles along the spine, abdomen & the ear.

How often will I need to come?

This can vary depending upon your condition as well as how well you respond to the treatment. Initially you might need to come more regularly, after which you are likely to come less often until your condition is under control. Many practitioners advise it may take about six weeks of weekly treatment for a condition to be noticeably relieved. However, in cases such as infertility, treatment can take anywhere from a month to over a year. Although you should be noticing positive changes for example: periods becoming more regular, less painful, reduced PMT, etc as your treatments progress. Leading a healthy lifestyle will make your treatment more effective and long-lasting. This means eating well, exercising regularly, balancing work and play, addressing emotional/psychological/spiritual unease, getting sufficient sleep and cultivating a happy outlook. You could receive the best Acupuncture in the world then go out and trash yourself, so undoing all the good work we have done. This is about learning how to care for & take responsibility for yourself.

How will I know if it is working?

While it may take a number of treatments before you see results in terms of any symptoms you brought in to have treated, most people feel relaxed from the first treatment. For some patients this may last several hours and sometimes even several days. As we go along and your treatments have gained momentum you should start to notice positive changes such as for example, a reduction in the severity/frequency of your symptoms, a greater sense of ‘well-being’,  improved sleep/appetite/digestion, less anxiety, to name just a few.  Receiving this kind of treatment is an exercise in self-awareness, you are encouraged to pay more attention to your body and let us know what changes you are  experiencing.

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is very safe when performed by a qualified and experienced acupuncturist. We use only single-use, sterile needles. We are all members of Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA).

Can I claim private Health Fund rebates?

If your level of cover includes Acupuncture &/or Chinese Herbs, then you will be able to claim. Bring your membership card along with you, we have Hicaps.