Acupuncture is currently performed by Dr. Voon our Naturopath.
Frequently Asked Questions About Acupuncture Treatment
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world that originated in China. It is based on an energetic model that encourages your body’s natural healing abilities, therefore enables you to regain and keep physical and emotional health. The function of acupuncture is to ensure Qi (the flow of vital life energy). Qi circulates in human body through specific pathways called Meridians. When Qi flows smoothly through meridian pathways, it will nourish every cell, organ and tissue in your body. But if Qi becomes “blocked or obstructed” somewhere in your body, it may lead to pain and illness.
What Will Happen on My First Visit to an Acupuncturist?
During your initial exam, a full health history will be taken with questions regarding your health, lifestyle, and any other information necessary for diagnosis. After the interview process, you will receive medical acupuncture treatment.
Are Acupuncture Services Safe?
Acupuncture is very safe. All needles are individually pre-package and sterile. Each needle is disposed of after one use.
Does It Hurt When the Needles Are Inserted?
Acupuncturists use very fine needles. When the needles are inserted, there is little if any discomfort. Once inserted, the patient may feel numbness, distension or other sensations. Most patients experience a calm and relaxing sensation after the needles are inserted into the skin.
Can Acupuncture Treatment Help Me?
Acupuncture services are extremely successful in the treatment of a many conditions. The following is a list of some of the most common conditions treatable by medical acupuncture:
- Stress Incontinence
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Infertility in Women and Men
- Menstrual Irregularities – Irregular, Heavy, Painful
- Frozen shoulder
- Headache and migraine
- Low Back Pain
- Neck and Shoulder Pain
- Tennis Elbow
- Weight Loss
Does Acupuncture Have Side Effects?
You need to be aware that:
- Drowsiness occurs after acupuncture treatment in a small number of patients, and if affected, you are advised not to drive.
- Minor bleeding or bruising is very rare.
- Pain during treatment occurs in about 1% of treatments.
- You may find that in the short term after treatment, your symptoms may in fact get worse before an improvement sets in. This is a quite common but you should let your acupuncturist know.
- Fainting can occur in certain patients, particularly with patients who are hungry.
What Will Happen During My Acupuncture Treatment?
At an acupuncture clinic, an acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific points called acupuncture points, or acupoints along your meridian pathways. The safe and painless insertion of the needles unblocks the damming or obstruction of your meridians. Releasing this blockage allows the Qi to freely circulate, eliminating pain and restoring the body’s ability to heal itself.
Where the acupuncture needle has been inserted, you may feel a vague numbness, heaviness, tingling, heat, or dull ache. Sometimes people will experience the sensation of energy spreading from the needle. This is called the “Qi” or energy sensation. All of these reactions are a good sign that the medical acupuncture treatment is working. The Qi sensation is important for a successful treatment so when the patient is unaware of a needle being inserted the needle is manipulated by the acupuncturist until a sensation is felt, usually the sensation stops as soon as the manipulation stops but occasionally it will take a few minutes to subside. During acupuncture services, you may feel energized but a feeling of calm and well being is more common. The needles stay in for about twenty five to thirty minutes and often people will fall asleep during that time.
What Will Happen After My Visit to an Acupuncture Clinic?
People often experience a sense of deep relaxation, and may sleep a deep sleep the night of acupuncture services. It’s also common for people to feel energized or euphoric.
What is the Cancellation Policy for Acupuncture Services?
Appointments you booked are reserved especially for you. If you need to reschedule please be sure to cancel 24 hours before your scheduled appointment so we can make your time available to another patient. Less than 24 hour cancellation notice or a missed appointment will be charged the full cost.