Frequently Asked Questions

• What is Acupuncture?
• How does Acupuncture Work?
• What is involved with the treatment?
• Will it hurt?
• What should I do after Treatment?

See below for Answers.

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Acupuncture Health was formally called Sandringham Acupuncture.

WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese form of medicine which has been used in China for the last 3000 years. It’s effectiveness is now accepted in variouscountries including New Zealand, especially as more people in our society dislike taking medical drugs.

Acupuncture focuses on the person, along with the disease. This means that the acupuncturist looks at the patient as a whole, finds the cause of the illness and the imbalance in the body causing it. With its unique system of diagnosis, an acupuncturist will ask not only details of the immediate problem, but also take a precise history of past illnesses, familytendencies, and aim to determine a complete picture of the patient's health. In this way acupuncture is used in a preventative way. Positive benefits are reported for many  illnesses.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) describes pathways of energy flowing through the body, carrying nourishment and information to all tissues and organs. Disease occurs when some factor disrupts the normal flow of life force. The role of the acupuncturist is to restore the normal flow of life forces and re-establish health.

Rigorous scientific research has also confirmed that acupuncture promotes the production of natural healing substances to relieve pain, regulate nervetransmission, enhance the immune system, regulate hormones and blood flow, release natural anti-inflammatory action, relax muscle spasm and elevate mood.

APPOINTMENT.

Acupuncture consists of the insertion of fine needles into a few carefully selected points on the body. The number of needles used varies from two or three to ten or more, and they are left in place for an average of twenty minutes. The total number of sessions required depends on the patient and thecondition.

A typical session might include moxibustion (warming of the acupuncture needles), acupressure, Chinese herbal medicine and dietary advice and/or Chinese remedial exercise.

There is no age limit. It is important to advise the practitioner if you are pregnant but pregnancy does not preclude acupuncture or its benefits. Babies and children's appointments  use acupressure instead of needles.

Needle sterilisation practiced by registered acupuncturists complies with standards set by the 'New Zealand Department of Health. Please inform your practitioner if you are pregnant, have a history of HIV or Hepatitis or other medical conditions.

WILL IT HURT?

Most new patients are amazed how painless acupuncture can be. However, when the correct stimulus of the needle has been obtained the patient may feel some heaviness, distension, tingling or electric sensation either around the needle or travelling up or down the affected energy pathway or meridian.

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