Acupuncture

  

Acupuncture is one of the treatment methods used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  It involves the insertion of hair thin needles into specific points on the body.  The aim of treatment is to assist the body's own healing.

I am a qualified TCM practitioner and will often use acupuncture in combination with other TCM treatments like cupping, moxibusition, tuina (Chinese massage) and dietary and herbal advice.

Why do people come for acupuncture?

Many of my clients come for pain relief in the first instance, whether from injury, headaches or premenstrual. I am an ACC accredited provider.  Other clients come because they are just not feeling quite right, there may be a few things that are bothering them.  Together we work out a treatment plan that suits us both.

What to expect from a treatment?

The first consultation will take 60-90 mins because I want to take the time to understand what's going on for you.  You will be asked to complete a short consent form.  If you have an approved ACC claim please bring your claim number and the date of the injury.

Treatment usually involves the  insertion of needles at specific points relating to your current condition and constitution.  It may also include the use of moxibustion, cups and tuina.  Often some dietary advice will be offered. If I feel Chinese herbal formulas will be of use to you I may suggest appropriate formulas from the Evergreen Herb range or refer you to a Chinese herbalist. 

Follow up sessions will usually be 45-60 mins.  Shorter appointment times are appropriate for children.

What does it feel like to be needled?Interaction description

When acupuncture needles are inserted correctly there is little or no sensation.  I will usually manipulate the needle once it is in to elicit a sensation called de qi. This will be felt by both the practitoner and the person being needled.  The sensation differs depending on the area of the body. It is often described as a distending, radiating sensation. I will want to know if it there is a prolonged sharp or painful sensation as this is usually incorrect.

People often report feeling relaxed and often fall asleep during treatment.  I may remain quietly in the room whilst the needles are in or step into reception, within easy ear shot, to give you some space if appropriate.

 

Patient relaxing during treatment