1. Does Traditional Chinese Medicine work?
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine has been used in China for thousands of years. It aims to get to the underlying cause of the disease as well as its symptoms. It is a holistic approach to treating disease without the need for drugs.
2. Does Acupuncture hurt?
Some acupuncture points may be more sensitive than others when the needles are inserted, however, there should be no major pain involved if performed properly. Once the needles are in, the patient should not expect to feel any pain because the needles are so fine. In fact, patients usually report feeling a sense of calm and relaxation whilst the needles are in. It is nothing like an injection needle.
3. What reaction can I expect?
When the needles are inserted, there may be a feeling of slight tingling, warmness, numbness, heaviness or sinking sensation around the insertion point. These are all signs of de qi, which in acupuncture is a positive sign.
4. What can I expect for my first treatment?
Your first acupuncture treatment will involve an analysis of your current state of health. As well as asking about your medical history, diet and lifestyle habits. The practitioner will also make observations based on the appearance of your eyes (shen), hair, skin, tongue.
They will also take a series of pulses on each wrist, which determines which organs in the body are affected and also palpate the stomach area to see any energy (qi) obstructions. Then several needles will be placed in certain acupuncture points that correspond to your health complaint and the practitioner’s diagnosis. Needles are usually left in for 30-50 minutes.
5. Who can receive Acupuncture?
Anyone can receive acupuncture, even young babies and pregnant women. There are certain points that are contraindicated for pregnant women. Caution must also be taken for first timers and extremely weak and frail patients. Acupuncture is not advised on intoxicated patients.
Women can also be treated during their menstrual cycles.
6. How many treatments do I need?
The number and frequency of treatments depends on many factors. There is no definitive answer to the number of treatments, however, patients should not expect a ‘miracle’ after one treatment. Generally the longer and more serious the illness, the longer it takes to treat the underlying root cause and symptoms.
Since our bodies are so complex and everyone is different, it is not possible to forecast the exact number of treatments. Your practitioner will advise you on the best course of treatments for your condition and a general idea of how many treatments are required for you.
7. What should I do before an Acupuncture treatment?
You should not have an acupuncture treatment on an empty stomach. If one is over-fatigued or over-hungry, an acupuncture treatment may result in dizziness, fainting or nausea.
8. What should I do after an Acupuncture treatment?
Since the acupuncture treatment re-balances the flow of energy in the body and also affects muscles, nerves, blood flow and lymph glands, it is best to avoid heavy physical work or excessive exercise straight after a treatment. It is also best to avoid swimming or an immediate shower after a treatment, especially if you have received cupping or gua sha.
9. Are there any side-effects?
When acupuncture is provided by a properly qualified practitioner there should be very few side effects. The only side effects are possible bruising where the needle was inserted or some spot bleeding. The may be also be some dizziness or fainting if you are over hungry or needle phobic. We suggest patients don’t come to a treatment on an extremely empty stomach.