Below are some answers to some commonly asked questions about Acupuncture and TCM. If you can’t find the answer to your question, feel free to send us an email balance@acupunctureeast.com.au

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture and 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 respected and accepted form of medicine used widely in the west and should always be administered by a highly trained practitioner. 

All the super fine needles used in treatment are high quality, sterile stainless steel and are disposed of after use.

What happens during treatment?

Your treatment will begin by asking questions and taking a medical history. This deductive diagnosis helps to uncover the root causes of signs and symptoms, getting to the bottom of the problem. After this the pulse and tongue will be examined, these are both diagnostic tools utilised in TCM.

The rest of the treatment is very relaxing as you lay down either on your front, back or side. Fine needles are quickly inserted in selected Acupuncture points, with as little discomfort as possible. You are left to relax for about 30 minutes with some calming music playing, usually sinking into a deep state of relaxation.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture is not a painful treatment despite common misconception, nor does it work along the principal of no pain no gain. Most people’s hesitation quickly disappears after the first needle is inserted.

That is not to say that you won’t feel any sensation. To the contrary, Acupuncture often produces a warm, tingling or heavy sensation around the needle. In TCM this is called ‘de qi’ and it signifies movement of Qi in the channels and is a good indication the treatment is working.

Use of only the best quality needles that allow a quick and painless as possible insertion ensures patient comfort. The release of endorphins by the brain in response to Acupuncture produces a relaxing feeling of calm in many people. 

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments required will vary according to the presenting problem. Acute problems can often be resolved in a treatment or two, whereas chronic conditions often require more time. On average, most clients come for between 4 – 6 treatments, most often on a weekly basis.

Your specific treatment plan will be discussed at your first consultation.

Can I claim on health insurance?

All private health funds pay a rebate on Acupuncture treatments, depending on your level of cover. As each fund is different please contact your provider directly to find out the payable rebate and level of cover required.