Frequently Asked Questions
Does acupuncture hurt?
Ah, the golden question. Believe it or not, it really doesn’t! Having acupuncture isn’t all like getting the flu shot, because acupuncture needles are only as thick as a strand of hair, being only 0.2mm in diameter. Yes, 0.2mm. At most, you will feel a slight pin prick like an ant bite, and you may feel a dull aching sensation that at first feels odd, but not uncomfortable. Most people are surprised when they come in for the first time, and many comment that it is “strangely relaxing”. We don’t even have to place the needles where it hurts! (See acupuncture). If the idea of needles really make you squirm, we can always use moxa or cupping instead.
What does a consultation involve?
The first consultation will involve a comprehensive assessment of your overall health. Factors such as your sleep patterns, dietary preferences, bowel movements, lifestyle and personality patterns all have an impact, so you will be asked questions such as what time you go to bed and whether you crave sweet or savoury foods. For treatment, any combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine and Chinese medicine nutrition may be used, depending on your condition. You may also be given a list of foods to eat to speed up recovery, or simple exercises to stretch your muscles and regulate your energy.
How long will it take?
The duration and frequency of treatment varies as each person has unique factors that need to be considered. The severity of the problem, how long you’ve had it, and your age and general health are just some of these factors. Some skin conditions such as acne and eczema respond within the first week of treatment, while other conditions such as vitiligo and alopecia may need sustained treatment for six months. Whatever the problem may be, your practitioner will work with you to form a treatment plan together to achieve the best possible outcome for you and your skin.
Do I need to prepare anything for my appointment?
– Bring a copy of reports for any tests/scans completed
– Ensure that you arrive makeup free for skin consults
– Please arrive about 10 minutes early so that you are rested, and have the chance to fill out some forms prior to your first consultation.
What payment options do you provide?
I have 'XYZ' disease. Can you help me?
Chinese medicine categorises signs and symptoms differently to Western medicine. In fact, a diagnosis defined by Western medicine is only part of the overall picture of your Chinese medicine diagnosis. This means that Chinese medicine takes things further and connects all of your symptoms – from your sleep to your bowel habits – in a wider holistic view in order to pinpoint the root cause of the problem and treat it accordingly. See Diagnosis.