Frequently asked questions about Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

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Your questions about acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chinese Herbal treatments
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Questions about Chinese medicine treatments

We are trying to conceive. Can Rachael help?

Rachael can support your health through acupuncture, Chinese herbal remedies and lifestyle advice to prepare the body for conception and support a healthy pregnancy. Optimizing health can positively impact your fertility. Rachael takes a holistic approach including addressing seemingly ‘unrelated’ factors that may be impeding your health. Rachael encourages both parties to come in for a consultation and she also supports couples and individuals going through IVF and other assisted procedures.

I’m rundown. Can Chinese medicine help?

Rachael can help you explore what’s keeping you from having more energy and causing your fatigue and lethargy. Acupuncture and/ Chinese herbal medicine and lifestyle advice can support the body, enabling a speedier recovery and more balanced future.

Can Chinese medicine help with pain?

Traditional Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture, cupping and supportive treatments can help relieve pain.

Questions about acupuncture

Does acupuncture hurt?

Not usually. Most people find it relaxing. The needles used are super fine and you will feel a gentle tap as they go in. Rachael practices mostly a Japanese style acupuncture which use finer than average needles and more shallow insertion.

Is acupuncture safe?

Yes acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment. 

What type of needles are used in acupuncture?

Acupuncture needles are very fine, single-use, sterile needles.

How often should I have acupuncture?
This depends on what you are having treatment for. Some conditions may see improvement after a couple of treatments. Chronic or complex issues may need ongoing treatment.
Can I have acupuncture if I’m not sick?

Yes. Acupuncture can be used as a preventative medicine. You can visit monthly to stay in balance and preserve good health.

How long are acupuncture needles left in?
After the needles are inserted, they are left in for 10-40 minutes depending on what you are being treated for and the style of acupuncture being used.
I’m nervous. Can I still try acupuncture?
Yes. Let Rachael know if you’re nervous and she can adapt the treatment to ease your anxiety and make you comfortable.
What is dry needling?
Dry needling is a technique which helps release tight muscles and relieve pain. It is best suited to musculoskeletal pain and is a much stronger acupuncture style.
Can acupuncture help with women’s health issues?

Yes. Acupuncture can be used to treat many women’s health issues like endometriosis, PCOS, PMS, menopause and more.

Can I have acupuncture while I am pregnant?

Yes. Acupuncture during pregnancy is completely safe and can help with managing morning sickness, anxiety and preparing your body for labour.

Can I have acupuncture while undergoing IVF treatment?

Yes. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help support you through the IVF cycle by managing stress and optimising your health.

Questions about Traditional Chinese medicine

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a medical framework used to diagnose and treat many diseases and ailments in China for thousands of years.
Do you have to be qualified to practice Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Yes. Rachael has a Bachelor Applied Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (UWS) and as part of that training did a 10 week certificate in Clinical Training at JiangSu Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Nanjing, China). She is registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (AHPRA Registration no: CMR0001708516) and is an accredited member of Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA).

What is Moxibustion?

Moxibustion, or moxa, stimulates an acupuncture point by burning a Chinese Herb Mugwort leaf (Ai Ye) over the point. There are several ways this can be done.

What is Cupping?

Cupping involves placing glass cups on the skin to draw pathogenic qi out of the body. It is often used to treat colds and flu, coughs, muscle tension and pain.

What is Guasha?
Guasha is similar to cupping and uses a flat smooth tool to scrap the surface of the lubricated skin and clear pathogenic qi from the body.

Questions about Chinese herbal treatments

What type of issues is Chinese herbal medicine used for?

Chinese herbal medicine can be used for digestive issues, skin conditions, fatigue, women’s health and fertility. It is often used in conjunction with acupuncture.

How do I take the herbs?

Herbs will usually be prescribed in granule (dissolved in hot water), tablet, capsule or liquid form.

What are the herbs made of?
Most herbal medicine will be of plant origin, with some containing animal elements. No herbs prescribed will contain endangered species or unethical products.

Bookings, Fees and Cancellations

Can I claim from my health fund for an appointment with Rachael?
Rachael is a registered provider with most private health funds. Claims can be made online or at your nearest health fund office.
Are herbal medicines included in my consultation fee?
Herbal prescriptions incur an additional cost and are not included in the consultation fee.
What if I can’t make my appointment?

Rachael has a 24 hour cancellation policy to ensure other clients don’t miss out on appointments. To change your booking, please call the clinic or email Rachael if out of office hours. If you are changing your appointment with less than 24 hours notice, a cancellation fee will apply. If you do not show for your appointment, you incur a full consultation fee. Please understand and respect our policy.

Book your acupuncture or Chinese herb consultation today

Call Rachael on 02 8068 5135