Frequently asked questions about Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

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Your questions about acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chinese Herbal treatments
and bookings with us answered.


Questions about Chinese medicine treatments

We are trying to conceive. Can you help?

We 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. We take a holistic approach including addressing seemingly ‘unrelated’ factors that may be impeding your health. We strongly encourage both parties to come in for a consultation and we also support couples and individuals going through IVF, ICSI and other assisted procedures.

I’m rundown. Can Chinese medicine help?

We 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. We practice mostly a gentle style acupuncture (Rachael can do Japanese acupuncture) and we 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. Super fine needles are used for Cosmetic Acupuncture to avoid any discomfort on more sensitive areas.

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. Fertility treatment is recommended ideally 2-3 months prior to trying to conceive or those going through assisted IVF, ICSI procedures.

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 us know if you’re nervous and we 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 support 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, any side effects of IVF treatment and optimising your health.

What is cosmetic acupuncture?

Cosmetic Acupuncture is a form of acupuncture specifically focused on renewing your complexion. Tiny needles are used to stimulate blood flow to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness and uneven skin tone. Acupuncture points are also used elsewhere on the body to balance ones health and wellbring which inevitably reflects on our skin.

Cosmetic acupuncure may also include facial guasha or gentle cupping so we advise you don’t wear makeup to your session. That said if you are on your way to work or an outing this portion of the treatment can be skipped. A holistic overview of your health will be included in you consultation and lifestyle advice will increase the effectiveness of your treatments.

Following your initial consultation we recommend 5-10 weekly treatments to see the full benefits*.

*treatment results can vary from individual to individual.

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. Both Rachael and Natasha have a Bachelor Applied Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine and as part of that training they both did a 10 week certificate in Clinical Training in China. We are registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia and are accredited members 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. It can also be used as part of a Cosmetic Acupuncture treatment to promote blood flow and reduce puffiness in the face and neck area.

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?

We are registered provider with most private health funds. Claims can be made online, through your health fund app 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?

We have 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 us 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 the clinic on 02 8068 5135