What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an effective form of health care that has evolved into a complete holistic medical system.
An acupuncturist will place fine, single use, sterile needles at specific acupoints on the body. This activates the body’s Qi and promotes natural healing by enhancing recuperative power, immunity, physical and emotional health. It also can improve overall function and wellbeing.

Is Chinese Medicine safe?

Chinese medicine is generally considered to be safe but occasionally (as with all health treatments) may be associated with possible adverse reactions in individual cases.

Acupuncture is a drug-free therapy, with the most commonly reported side effects being feelings of relaxation and well-being.

In all acupuncture treatments, only sterile, disposable needles are used to ensure the safest acupuncture treatment possible. Acupuncture is a generally considered a safe method of treatment in the hands of a properly trained practitioner, but may have some side effects, including but not limited to bruising, numbness or tingling, dizziness or fainting, minor swelling, and/or bleeding. Occasionally there may be increased soreness at the sites of treatment on the day of, or the day following treatment.

All registered Acupuncturists have over 200 hours of clinical training prior to graduation, unlike those that practice dry needling.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding or experience any of these, then you should contact your practitioner.
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?
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 initial consultation.

Some physicians will also refer patients to acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners. I often refer to blood tests or scans etc to help direct my treatment and or to help clarify whether your issue is within my scope of practice.

I would like to read more about Acupuncture and TCM

These links will provide you more detail of what these modalities are about and what they may assist: