How can acupuncture help you?

Acupuncture can be helpful for a wide range of conditions and disorders. See our section on conditions treated by acupuncture. Like all therapies, some people respond very well to treatment, others don't respond. This depends on a wide range of factors such as the condition/disorder being treated, the health of the patient, number of treatments carried out, etc. If you are unsure of whether acupuncture can help you, please call us to discuss further. In most cases, a series of treatments are necessary, especially if the condition is chronic.

What is Acupuncture?

Does acupuncture hurt?

The needles used in acupuncture are fine, the width of a human hair! You may feel a slight prick when the needle is inserted, but most people do not describe the experience as painful. Once the needle is inserted, you may feel a sensation, which some describe as a dull ache, a tingling sensation, numbness heaviness in the area. This is important and signals the arrival of Qi in the area- an important part of the treatment.

You may experience slight bruising in the area or a blood spot when the needle is removed- this is completely normal.

If you receiving cupping as part of your treatment, you will experience bruising in the location. This is a completely normal reaction to the treatment.


Does acupuncture have side effects?

No, acupuncture is about rebalancing the body.

How will i feel after treatment?

Some people will experience some relief of their symptoms after one treatment, while some people may need several treatments to experience the benefits. In some cases, symptoms may become worse, which can indicate that the body is responding to treatment- this is a transitory phase.

Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles in to acupuncture points on the body. Acupuncture is one aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

How does acupuncture work?

Traditional Chinese Medicine theory holds that the body's life energy (Qi) travels around the body in channels. Illness is when an imbalance occurs in the body. This imbalance can be addressed by inserting fine needles in to the body at specific points along these channels.

How many treatments will I need?

This depends on your condition, overall health, how long you have had the condition and your response to the treatment. Acupuncture treatments have a cumulative effect and it is often wise to try at least 4-6 treatments and to reassess your response after a set of treatments. 

The frequency of treatments will also depend on your condition. For acute conditions, it is not unusual for treatment to be as regular as a couple of times a week in the beginning. For chronic conditions, it may be once a week or once every two weeks.

Your acupuncturist will discuss frequency and length of treatments with you at your consultation.

What can I expect from the initial consultation?

Your first consultation will last approx. one hour and fifteen minutes. Approximately 20-30 minutes of that time will be spent discussing your medical history and presenting condition. The practitioner will ask you questions around family history, social habits, diet, your emotional state, etc. This is to help them build up a a holistic picture of you and to determine the most appropriate treatment for you. The acupuncturist will likely take your pulse and exam your tongue to help them with their diagnosis and development of your treatment plan.

Depending on your presenting condition and diagnosis, the acupuncturist may use one or a number of TCM techniques, which include acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion. He/she will explain what part(s) of the body the treatment will be administered and what areas of the body need to be exposed for treatment. It is advisable to wear loose fitting clothes

Subsequent treatments can take between 30- 60 minutes.

Pre-treatment advice:

  • Try to avoid a big meal prior to treatment
  • Avoid alcohol and drinks containing caffeine
  • Avoids foods and drinks that alter the natural colour of your tongue (as this make tongue diagnosis difficult)