Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a gentle and effective way of bringing our bodies back into balance and harmony both internally and externally. In Chinese Medicine philosophy the body is composed of 12 main energy pathways called ‘meridians’. Physical substances travel through the meridians, like blood and body fluids, but so too does an energy called ‘Qi’ (pronounced ‘chee’). Qi is the driving force of all Life. It is the force that creates, motivates and binds all of life’s endeavours.

In our daily lives the Qi of our mind and body can become depleted through overwork or stress, or can become stuck and stagnant causing pain and distress. One of the main purposes of acupuncture is to move the Qi through the meridians in order to bring ease and harmony back to our body and mind. We can become separated from an embodied sense of self in our constant daily pursuits, and acupuncture provides an opportunity to come home to our selves and remember our real purpose.

Traditional East Asian Medicine is a holistic mind-body system. As well as bringing relief and balance to your physical body, an acupuncture treatment can also connect you to an inner place of clarity and calm. In time you may find that the acupuncture sessions can help you live a life of more integrity and peace.

What will happen in my acupuncture treatment?
In Australia, all practitioners of Chinese Medicine are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). This means we must meet a certain academic and professional standard in order to be registered to practice.

Traditional East Asian Medicine acupuncturists use thin needles that are sterile and are disposed of immediately after use. During a treatment, the practitioner will generally ask the patient a series of questions and take their pulse. When feeling the pulse, the practitioner is feeling up to 18 different pulse positions, evaluating the quality of the flow of Blood and Qi through the meridians.

The purpose of this part of the treatment is to build up the ‘jigsaw puzzle’ that is each individual person. Based on this information, a diagnosis is made and then the fine needles are gently inserted into specific points on the body. Each acupuncture point has the ability to generate a number of specific changes within the mind and body. By gently needling the points, the patient can be encouraged to re-engage with the flow of Nature by bringing all their systems, whether they are physical or energetic, back into alignment.

Does it hurt?
In Asia there are many words for the sensations generated by acupuncture; tingling, dull ache, warm glow, buzzing. Unfortunately many of us are unaccustomed to paying precise attention to our bodies, so when we feel anything we simply call it either pleasure or pain.

The aim of acupuncture is to realign the mind-body with the natural order of things. The needles are intended to generate bodily sensations, differently for each person and differently at each point. Most people find an acupuncture treatment to be deeply relaxing and rejuvenating, often in a profound and inexplicable way.

What can acupuncture treat?
Traditional East Asian Medicine as it is practiced in the West is a holistic and integrated medicine. It combines Western understandings of biomedicine with a deep commitment to a vision of true healing and wellness.

Acupuncture is recognized by the World Health Organization as being able to effectively treat a range of symptoms including:

  • Joint and back pain
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Insomnia
  • Hayfever and other respiratory conditions
  • Gastro-intestinal irregularities
  • Fertility issues, pre and post-natal care
  • Mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety

Acupuncture may assist you in any of these areas and in many other ways as well.

How many times should I come?
This depends entirely on the issues that you bring to the clinic. A course of treatment for an acute condition, say a bad winter cold, might usually involve three to four sessions. However in that time you might discover that there are other aspects of your life that you would like addressed. Traditional East Asian Medicine is also a wonderful preventative healthcare practice. So for example you might come for a few sessions through Autumn and Winter in order to strengthen your immune system before Spring hayfever.