Does acupuncture hurt?
We use very fine needles and while you may experience a brief prick when the needle is first inserted, once the needles are in you should not experience any pain. You may feel a dull ache while the needles are working in particular points in your body. People do not use the word ‘pain’ to describe this sensation. Acupuncture treatment should be calming and relaxing. It is essential that you let us know if you are uncomfortable.
Is Dry Needling Different To Acupuncture?
‘Dry needling’, also known as ‘myofascial trigger points’ or ‘trigger point needling’ – are actually techniques that have been described in both classical and contemporary Chinese medical literature. Trigger points are referred to in these texts as ‘Ashi Points’. The first reference to Ashi Points – which literally translates as ‘Ah yes!’ – was by Sun Simiao in his book Qian Jin Yao Fang (Thousand Ducat Formulas) in 652A.D.. – over 1300 years ago.
This is not a ‘new technique’ that was developed in the 1930s. The title ‘dry needling’ was invented by western trained practitioners who believed Chinese medicine terminology sounded too ‘mystical’. ‘Dry needling’ is essentially a term that is used to describe a technique that has been used in Chinese medicine acupuncture for over 2000 years. Because they have undergone years rather than days of training, properly trained (registered) Acupuncturists know how to needle Ashi Points effectively. Additionally they have a range of other skills which means they can address many other health issues as well.
How often would I need to have acupuncture?
Frequency & duration of acupuncture treatments varies widely depending upon your individual circumstances. Factors we take into account include the duration & intensity of your illness, your age, constitution and your desired health goal as well as how well you respond to the treatment.
Initially you might need to come more regularly, after which you would start to come less often until your condition is under control. From there some people pop in every so often for a ‘top-up’ treatment or two occasionally if they notice their ‘early warning signs’ starting to manifest. It’s somewhat comparable to taking a prescription medication – you need to take the medication regularly before the full effect of the medicine kicks in.
You could receive the best Acupuncture in the world then go out and trash yourself, so undoing all the good work we have done. This is also about learning how to take care of yourself.
Is acupuncture safe?
The short answer? It depends who is giving the acupuncture and how well they were trained.
A fully trained acupuncturist has undergone a minimum 4yrs acupuncture training to be a qualified acupuncturist registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA) as an acupuncturist.
We only use only single-use, sterile & disposable needles. Individuals respond differently to all forms of treatment (this does include western medicine & pharmaceuticals) and have the potential for adverse events.
Qualified experienced practitioners know how to modify acupuncture treatment for pregnancy and also to avoid particular acupuncture points which are known to be contra-indicated in pregnancy. A recent large systematic review concluded that if adverse events do occur during acupuncture in pregnancy, they appear to be largely minor.
Should this be of concern to you please consult with your practitioner to find out more. Ngaio is a member of Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA).
Ngaio Richards, a veteran in the field is a legally registered Chinese Medicine Physician and Acupuncturist under the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA) which is governed by AHPRA. She is also a member of the Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA) which is the peak professional body for TCM practitioners in Australia.
Curious to try out some acupuncture and cost-effectively? Our Introductory Package is currently available. This investment in your health gives you an initial consultation / acupuncture treatment + two follow up treatments for $242 (saving you $43).
And if you’re in a health fund with ‘Extras’ cover you can claim back more of this cost on top of the savings as well.