Common Questions about Acupuncture

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Do you have a question about Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine? Find our most common questions here:


How does acupuncture work?

Here is a very brief and simple answer to a very complex (yet simple) form of medicine.

Thin needles are inserted into the body, which solicits many physiological responses that have proven to be helpful in pain management and promotes the healing process. Needles inserted into specific acupuncture points are known to regulate the nervous, hormonal and immune systems. The needles will also stimulate and promote organ and system functions. This is healing from the inside out.

The practitioner may also stimulate the acupuncture points using other methods, including moxibustion, cupping, laser therapy, electro-stimulation and massage, in order to promote a similar response.


Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture should be painless, although some people experience a slight sharp sensation depending on how sensitive they are and where the needles are inserted. Acupuncture needles are solid needles, not hollow like hypodermic needles, and they are much, much thinner – about the diameter of a thick human hair. Once the needle is in place, it’s normal to initially feel a tingling or dull sensation, numbness, mild pressure or warmth for a few seconds before the feeling disappears. After the needles are inserted, the overwhelming sensation of relaxation takes over and you do not even feel the needles in the body.


Do I have to get naked? 

No. Most of the time, the main needle-insertion points are on the lower legs, ears or arms, so wearing loose-fitting clothing is fine. Similar to medical doctors, sometimes an acupuncturist will ask you to disrobe and drape with a towel if work on your back, hips, upper legs or torso.


Is Acupuncture covered by Private Health Insurance?

Yes. This is of cause dependent on your insurance policy


How is Herbal Medicine used?

In conjunction with acupuncture treatments, herbs may be prescribed if appropriate to the patient’s condition. Unlike conventional pharmaceuticals, Eastern herbs are tailored for the individual’s needs, treating the root of the symptoms not only for relief of symptoms. Compared to Western medicine, herbs are much gentler and safer for they are made in nature and most don’t cause side effects. Herbal Medicine itself is a powerful method of healing and it can function in a number of different ways such as killing viruses’ and bacteria, preventing disease, increasing energy and slowing down the aging process. Herbal Medicine is a gentle but effective way to achieve a complete body recovery.


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