FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Your Questions, Answered
WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as chi or qi (chee) — believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will re-balance.
In contrast, many Western practitioners view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. Some believe that this stimulation boosts your body's natural painkillers.
IS ACUPUNCTURE SAFE?
Acupuncture is extremely safe in the hands of a well trained registered practitioner. It is an all-natural, drug-free therapy, yielding no side effects except for feelings of relaxation and well-being. There is little danger of infection from acupuncture needles because they are sterile, used once, and then discarded.
HOW LONG IS A TREATMENT?
Individual treatment times vary from 30-60 minutes depending on what your presentation is and your needs are.
CAN I CLAIM A REBATE FROM MY HEALTH FUND?
Yes. As a registered practitioner, all health funds will provide a rebate on my services. The amount varies with each so check with your insurer for details.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
How many treatments will I need?
Every clients presentation is different. An indication of expected treatments will Be discussed at your initial consultation.
CAN CHILDREN BE TREATED WITH ACUPUNCTURE?
Children of all ages are treated and respond well to acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatment. Techniques used in treating children are different from adults, with the needles not being retained.
In addition, herbal formulas are usually prescribed to enhance the acupuncture treatments and to provide further care between treatments as well.
SHOULD I CONSULT WITH MY DOCTOR REGARDING GETTING ACUPUNCTURE AND ORIENTAL MEDICINE TREATMENT?
It is advisable to always inform your physician about any treatment that you are seeking and it is also very important to have a list of medications and supplements that you are taking available during your first consultation with your acupuncturist.
Some physicians will also refer acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners to patients. I often refer to blood tests or scans etc to help direct my treatment.
CHINESE HERBS: ARE THEY SAFE?
The herbal products used in my practice are of the highest quality T.G.A approved granule, pill or capsules. Manufactured in China, they are subject to testing and certification by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). You can read more background HERE