What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of therapy in which fine needles are inserted into specific points on the body.
Is acupuncture safe?
Yes. Potential risks are outlined in the consent form. The own risk over 1% is bleeding and serious side effects are very rare – less than one per 10,000 treatments.
Does acupuncture works?
Yes. There are many large studies on acupuncture, and it is statistically significantly better than placebo. The specific techniques we use are clinical proven. Many patients, such as headache sufferers, experience immediate relief of symptoms.
Do I need to prepare for the treatment?
Generally no. However, we recommend you having routine meals, avoiding coffee 2 hours before the consultation, and choosing cloth with easy access to forearms and legs.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture is less painful than injections due to thin needles we use. Most people can easily tolerate it.
Patients may experience acupuncture specific sensation, called Deqi. The sensation can be felt like tingling, numbness or warmth in various parts of body. The Deqi sensation normally lasts seconds.
Do I need referral?
Referrals are not required to make appointments or to claim Medicare rebate, however, health summaries with current medications and medical histories are greatly helpful. We also would like to have contact details of regular GPs and treating specialists if applicable for continuity of care.
Do you use laser acupuncture?
No. Laser acupuncture is unable to provide immediate feedback, which is critical for the conditions we treat.