Acupuncture is a natural and non-intrusive therapy that uses very thin needles to bring the body,
mind and spirit back into balance and harmony. The use of the thin Acupuncture needles taps into
your energy to stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities and to bring you back into harmony,
health and wellness. Specific acupuncture points are stimulated all around the body, and are used
to reduce the signs and symptoms of your particular imbalance as well as treating the root cause
of this imbalance. The treatment of the root cause and lifestyle of the patient, allows our body to
come back into total harmony, so that the body doesn’t ‘bounce back’ into a disharmonious and
imbalanced state of dis-ease. Being a natural therapy and looking at the root causes of imbalance
makes Acupuncture a slower-working medicine, but in this regard it is a longer-lasting medicine.
As there are no chemicals used in Acupuncture there are very few to no side-effects, except for
feeling relaxed and the gradual release of signs and symptoms, coinciding with increased balance
and harmony throughout the whole body and the organ systems. One of the most important
aspects of Chinese Medicine that puts it apart from other natural therapies, is the holistic view
of the individual. Treatments are then fully personalised and tailored to each individual, their
lifestyle and health and wellness goals to achieve the maximum effect in each therapeutic
ABOUT CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE
Chinese herbal medicine is very similar to Western herbal medicine as it uses plants, some
animals products, minerals and shells to help bring balance and healing to the body. Chinese
Herbal Medicine is based on formulas found in the Chinese Medical Classics from centuries ago.
Although these traditional formulas are still highly effective, they can be modified to suit each
individual and their personal imbalances. Traditionally the herbs were taken raw and boiled as a
tea, but powdered or herbs in tablet form are now available. When used in conjunction with
regular Acupuncture treatments each modality strengthens the effects of the other and allows the
body to come back into harmony more rapidly.
WHAT CAN CHINESE MEDICINE HELP WITH?
•Anxiety & depression
•Common cold & flu
•Dizziness & vertigo
•Headaches & migraines
•Insomnia & sleep issues
•Mental issues (focus, memory & mental
•Muscle tension & pain
•Mood imbalances & stress
•Palpitations and cardiovascular health
WHAT TO EXPECT IN AN ACUPUNCTURE APPOINTMENT
Acupuncture appointments go for a longer period of time than most health consultations and
appointments. As Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is a wholistic medicine, we spend a bit
more time than other health practitioners observing and investigating your signs, symptoms and
the body as a whole and how each system relates to the other.
Some find this a bit daunting and if you have a very detailed health history, it is best to come
prepared with lists of medications and your health history with you, just to make it easier for you
and your practitioner.
After having a chat about your current health and health history the Acupuncturist will take your
pulse and look at your tongue, these are further diagnostic tools we use to get more of an idea of
your internal health and relationships between physiological and pathological systems. Most
practitioners will also palpate your stomach and sometimes extremities, this is another diagnostic
tool we use to read the body and see how the energy and blood is flowing through your
After we gather all of this information, the practitioner can then make a differential diagnosis
based on all of your individual signs, symptoms and body process and start to compose an
individualised treatment and treatment plan. And we can start the treatment!
Acupuncture needles are inserted superficially in all different parts of the body, this is a systemic
process as we need to get to the cause, or root of your disharmony and not just relieve the signs
and symptoms. The needles are generally left in for 20 minutes, giving you enough time to relax
and even have a little nap. Depending on your condition, we will do the treatment on the front of
your body, back, or both sides. While the needles are retained, practitioners sometimes use other
healing tools like Moxibustion, Gua Sha (Chinese stone massage) or cupping, according to your
condition. If the practitioner doesn’t need to use any of these other tools or modalities, you will be
left in peace to just relax and enjoy the treatment and some quiet time reconnecting with your
body and its healing process.
As we put needles in different parts of the body, wearing loose clothing helps so we can move
sleeves and pant legs out of the way without cutting off circulation, or you just being
uncomfortable in general. We have towels and covers to keep your privacy if you do need to
remove some items of clothing and to keep you warm while you relax during your treatment.
WHAT CAN HAPPEN AFTER AN ACUPUNCTURE APPOINTMENT?
• As you have spent the last 30 minutes of the appointment in a calm, restful and sometimes
meditative state, you may feel a little tired or ‘spacey’ after the treatment. In these cases, please
take your time to leave the treatment room and the reception area for your own wellbeing.
• You may also feel dizzy or disorientated, again please take your time to leave the room and
reception space and let your practitioner know if it is too overwhelming.
• Acupuncture can stir up a lot of energy and things that have become stagnant in the body,
sometimes after a treatment you may feel worse than before the treatment but this should only
last for 24hrs.
• You may feel extremely tired or sore.
• Please make sure you rest and keep well hydrated after the treatment.
• Avoid stimulants such as coffee, alcohol, processed sugars and recreational drugs after
• If you continue to feel that something doesn’t feel right or the pain or condition continues to
worsen after 12-24hrs please contact the clinic immediately.