What to Expect
How Does Acupuncture Work?
The practice of Chinese Medicine is grounded in thousands of years of ancient theories which are relevant in today's culture.
By balancing yin and yang and harmonising the meridians we can help to bring a greater balance to our body, mind and spirit.
Do I need to be sick to benefit from Treatment?
The ancient chinese practised preventative medicine and believed in balancing yin and yang. Therefore by receiving regular maintenance treatments you may prevent some illnesses.
A thorough medical history
Expect a registered acupuncturist to ask a long list of detailed questions about your medical history. In the first visit, it can be quite a lengthy process. The information gathered at the initial meeting will inform the acupuncturist and help to plan your treatment.
Pulse and tongue diagnosis
This informs your acupuncturist to determine the plan of treatment for you. The shape, colour and texture shows different patterns.
Your practitioner will look for tender spots and imbalances that could be causing physical pain. As well as this she will watch listen and check for any other indications of health challenges.
Does it hurt?
Today’s acupuncture needles are so thin that they look more like hairs than needles, and as a result, they’re painless and in some cases, patients don’t even notice them being inserted. After the needles are inserted, patients usually rest for 15 to 20 minutes. Most patients report going into a deep state of relaxation. Ask your acupuncturist about other techniques which do not involve insertion of needles. There are other options.
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable loose clothing
Should I eat before?
Please ensure you have had something to eat at least an hour your acupuncture session as the treatment involves moving and balancing qi and it's best if you're not hungry.