Acupuncture FAQ’s


How can Chinese medicine help me?

Chinese medicine treatment may be able to assist with:

  • Management of pain, stress and fatigue related to some autoimmune disorders, in consultation with other treating health practitioners
  • Management of pain, fatigue and nausea related to many chronic diseases
  • Management of vomiting or nausea arising from chemotherapy

Is Acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture and herbs are both an integral part of Chinese medicine practice, which may help patients to manage a range of symptoms including pain, stress and fatigue. Acupuncture is generally considered to be safe but occasionally (as with all health treatments) may be associated with possible adverse reactions in individual cases. The acupuncture needles used are sterile, surgical stainless steel, single-use only and are disposed of straight after use.

Does it hurt?

While styles of acupuncture vary, we believe that good acupuncture should not be painful. Acupuncture is often a pleasant and enjoyable experience. In most cases a slight prick is felt upon insertion, usually being replaced by a sensation often described as a dull ache, or a numb, tingling feeling. These sensations pass and are often described as quite comfortable. Some people do not feel the insertion of the needles at all.

How many treatments will I need?

This is dependent on the nature and severity of your symptoms. Many acute symptoms normally respond in 2-3 treatments. Other symptoms may require a longer course of treatment.