Acupuncture involves gently inserting very fine, single-use, sterile needles into points on the body. Where the needles are inserted depends on your Chinese Medicine diagnosis. Acupuncture needles are not always inserted in the spot where you are experiencing your symptoms.
Most people find acupuncture treatment very relaxing and allow themselves rest, have a nap or meditate as the acupuncture takes effect. The needles are inserted and then left in for 10-40 minutes depending on the style of acupuncture and condition being treated.
Our patients usually look forward to treatment and find it calming and painless. If you are nervous, please let us know as the treatment can be adapted to make you feel comfortable.
Acupuncture is now regulated by AHPRA. Practitioners are required to have completed a minimum 4 year degree training with over 600hrs of clinical supervision. This differs from the recent popularity of needling courses in which health professionals can complete a short course in as little as a couple of days. We believe in only providing you with the highest standard of acupuncture in which we continually exceed the minimum requirements for ongoing education.
Dry needling techniques help release tight muscles. It is typically a much stronger acupuncture style that can cause a strong muscle twitch response which aims to manage muscle pain and tension.
Dry needling is not suitable for all types of health issues. It is best suited to musculoskeletal conditions associated from overuse injuries, sports injuries, muscle spasms, chronic pain and rehabilitation.
We recommend you take it easy after a dry needling treatment, stay hydrated and try an epsom salt bath. You may have some local tenderness around your acupuncture points which usually subsides within 24 hours.
Please read Evolve Natural Medicine founder Jeff Shearers article on Dry needling here.
Cosmetic Acupuncture is a form of acupuncture specifically focused on reviving your complexion. Tiny needles are used to stimulate Qi and blood to the face. Acupuncture points are also used elsewhere on the body to balance any disharmony in the body.
Cosmetic acupuncture 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 Chinese medicine assessment 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*.
*treatment results can vary from individual to individual.
Natasha Barnes is available for cosmetic acupuncture appointments on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Chinese herbal medicine
Chinese Herbal prescriptions often used in conjunction with acupuncture.
- usually prescribed in granule, capsule or liquid form
- mostly of plant origin, however some herbs such as MuLi (oyster shell) contain animal elements
- easily adapted for vegetarians and vegans (please clearly specify your requirements)
- contain no endangered species or unethical products.
If you are prescribed a herbal formula, it is important to tell us about any medications you are taking as herbs can interfere with some prescription medications.
Chinese herbal formulas may need to be adjusted as your body adapts and responds.
If you get a cold/flu or your health stasis changes during the course of your prescription, stop the herbs for the time being and check in with us at the clinic.
Moxibustion, or moxa, is the stimulation of an acupuncture point by burning a Chinese Herb Mugwort leaf (Ai Ye) over the point. This can be done in several ways:
- holding a moxa stick (like a giant incense stick) about 1-2cm above the point until the skin becomes nice and warm, moving it repeatedly to build heat but before becoming too hot
- moulding the moxa herb into little cones placed directly on the skin, on the end of a needle, or rolled into tiny threads for rice grain style moxa
- using smokeless moxa products to take home or if you are sensitive to the smoke.
Moxibustion stimulates the flow of energy through the body, warms the meridians (energy flow) and gets rid of cold and damp from the body.
Cupping is often used in conjunction with acupuncture. Glass cups are placed on the skin to create a vacuum to draw the pathogenic qi out of the body. Cupping can either be stationary (cups are left on for 5 minutes) or gliding cupping, where the skin is lubricated and the cup is glided over the skin creating a massage-like pulling sensation.
Cupping can leave markings on the skin for up to a week or two. Usually the darker the markings the more stagnation there needs to be resolved. Please let us know if these marks are unacceptable before treatment.
With cosmetic acupuncture silicon cups may be used to massage the face. Cosmetic cupping, when performed correctly does not leave markings on the face.
Guasha is similar to cupping in that it is used to clear pathogenic qi from the body and often used in conjunction with acupuncture. Instead of cups, a flat smooth tool made from stone, bone or ceramic is used to scrap the surface of the lubricated skin.
Chinese medicine takes a holistic look at your entire body. As part of Chinese medicine, you may be provided with dietary and lifestyle advice and tools to use at home to help you find balance and restore wellbeing.
Bondi Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
In 2012, Acupuncture and Chinese medicine became nationally regulated under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, AHPRA. This body is also responsible for regulating medical doctors, nurses, midwives, physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths and many other health practitioners.
The role of AHPRA is to ensure that the registered health practitioners you visit have an adequate level of training and skills to provide you with the safest and most professional level of health care. In addition to this, AHPRA have very specific and strict advertising guidelines to prevent practitioners from making misleading claims or falsifying any patient reviews or ratings.
Chinese Medicine has been documented, practiced and developed as far back at least 2000 years. This eastern medical model has unique and integrated theories with its fundamental principle focusing on restoring and maintaining balance and harmony in the body. Ancient Chinese medical texts list a wide range of symptoms and conditions that may benefit from using acupuncture and Chinese medicine. However less than 10 conditions have been approved by APHRA for Chinese medicine practitioners to mention in their advertising material. These include the management of pain, stress and fatigue, managing chronic pain related to depression, fertility as an adjunct with IVF treatment, pregnancy related pain and the management of nausea and vomiting.
Please contact us to discuss the particulars of your individual health needs and we can provide you with more information on Chinese medicine and how it may assist you.
Our philosophy is based on combined holistic and