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Frequently asked questions about Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine


Questions about Chinese Medicine


What is Chinese Medicine?

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. It primarily encompasses acupuncture and Chinese herbal prescriptions.

Do you have to be qualified to practice Chinese Medicine?

Chinese medicine now regulated by AHPRA. Practitioners are required to have completed a minimum 4 year degree training with over 600hrs of clinical supervision. We are also accredited members of Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA).

We are trying to conceive. Can you help?

We frequently work with couples wanting to improve their pre-conception health and are already trying to conceive naturally. Regardless of which of stage you’re in, we support you as you prepare physically and emotionally for pregnancy.

During IVF, we work with you and couples in whatever stage their at during this process and we encourage regular acupuncture treatments throughout the process. We take into account your medical diagnosis from your fertility specialist and then we access your health from a Chinese Medicine framework. In each appointment we take into account which stage of the IVF process you’re at, any symptoms you have on the day and give you acupuncture to reduce stress, relax and find a sense of balance.

I’m rundown. Can Chinese medicine help?

We use Chinese medicine which can encompass a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, moxibustion, lifestyle and nutritional advice to address the imbalance that may be causing you to feel this way.

Can Chinese medicine help with pain?

Yes, acupuncture is helpful in the management of pain.

Questions about acupuncture and treatments

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.

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. Please contact us about your specific issue and we can give you a better idea of acupuncture frequency.

Can I have acupuncture if I’m not sick?

Yes of course. You do not need to be sick to have acupuncture. Acupuncture is super relaxing and some people like to come in for a regular Chinese medicine check up or they like to use it as part of their stress management strategy.

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. Please let us know if you’re nervous and we can adapt the treatment to ease your anxiety and make you feel more comfortable.

What is dry needling?

Dry needling is a technique which helps release tight muscles and relieve pain. It is best suited for musculoskeletal conditions and is a much stronger acupuncture style. Please check out Jeff Shearers article here.

Can I have acupuncture while I am pregnant?

Yes, as registered acupuncturists we are trained to treat and support pregnant women through their pregnancy. We accommodate where you are at during your pregnancy, offer emotional support and can help manage nausea and pain during pregnancy. Please contact us if you have a specific issue you are concerned about.

Can I have acupuncture while undergoing IVF treatment?

Yes. Acupuncture can help support you through the IVF cycle by managing stress and supporting you through the process using a Chinese medicine framework of treatment.

What is cosmetic acupuncture?

Cosmetic Acupuncture is a form of acupuncture specifically focused on your face. Tiny needles are used to stimulate Qi and blood to the face. Acupuncture points are also used elsewhere on the body to harmonise any imbalances.

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.

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. 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 does not leave markings on the face.

What is Guasha?

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.

Like cupping, guasha can leave markings on the skin which usually fade within a week.

With cosmetic acupuncture a rose quartz guasha tool may be used to gently massage the face. Cosmetic guasha does not leave markings on the face.

Questions about Chinese herbal prescriptions

How do I take the herbs?

Herbs will usually be prescribed in granule (dissolved in hot water), tablet, capsule or liquid form. Your practitioner will carefully explain how you take your prescription.

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. Please let us know if you are vegetarian or vegan so we can adjust your formula accordingly.

Bookings, Fees and Cancellations

Can I claim from my health fund for an appointment

We are registered with most private health funds. Claims can be made online, through your health fund app or at your nearest health fund office. We do not currently have HICAPS.

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 with plenty of notice. 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.

About Us

Our philosophy is based on combined holistic and evidence based treatments to support you and your ability to heal. We focus on restoring and maintaining balance and harmony in the body. We want you to walk out of the clinic feeling better than when you walked in.

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Clinic Location:

Upstairs above Nimbus & Co

97 Bondi Rd.
Bondi NSW 2026

(02) 8068 5135

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