1HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?
Acupuncture uses the energy “Qi” that goes throughout the body to connect to specific organs and brain regions that changes the homeostatic functions of the body. When we are unwell these meridians become blocked, and needles are placed on specific points to redirect or unblock these energy pathways to begin the healing process. Acupuncture also helps rebalance any deficiencies in our body. For example, pain and stiffness in the shoulder may be seen as a localized blockage while frequent urination may indicate a deficiency in the kidney and bladder energies. The beauty of Acupuncture is that it works with the synergy of the body and assists the relationships within the system to bring the whole body into improved health.
2DOES ACUPUNCTURE HURT?
Acupuncture is supposed to be painless. Many patients say that either a dull sensation or slight pinch when the superfine needles used in acupuncture are inserted into points on the body. Once the needle is past the pain receptors under the skin, no pain should be felt.
3HOW OFTEN SHOULD I COME IN FOR AN ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT
Frequency of visits depends on the nature of the condition and the response of the patient being treated. Typically we would suggest two to three times a week for the first few weeks to stabilise the condition and then once a week for the duration of the treatment plan. Once the treatment plan has been completed your practitioner may suggest you continue with monthly maintenance sessions.
4HOW MANY TREATMENTS DO I NEED?
A usual course of treatment is twelve sessions. However, an individual may require more than one course depending on the severity and duration of the problem, how frequently the patient comes in, how diligent they are with taking their herbs and following diet and lifestyle advice.
1HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO TAKE THE HERBS TO SEE EFFECTS
Chinese herbal formulas are prescribed to enhance acupuncture treatments and work internally, to rebalance the body’s energy. After a few days of taking the herbs, you should start to notice a change or something happening. For some chronic conditions it can be about 2 weeks before the effects are noticed by the individual.
2DO I CONTINUE TO TAKE HERBS IF I HAVE A COLD?
It is best that when you feel a cold coming on you stop taking the herbs you have been prescribed and consult your TCM practitioner so they can reassess your treatment to include helping you for your cold.
3CAN CHILDREN HAVE TCM TREATMENT?
Absolutely. Chinese medicine is very effective for paediatric care for children of all ages. Herbal dosages are varied accordingly and acupuncture treatments are reduced by the number of insertions and retention time to suit the age and condition of the child.
4ARE ALL THE HERBS SAFE?
Yes the herbs are safe. Your Chinese Medicine practitioner will continually monitor the prescription contents and dosage to ensure only therapeutically beneficial outcomes. They may also ask you to monitor your condition and discontinue use once the desired effect is reached or if any complications arise (such as contracting a cold).