Frequently Asked Questions
Are you practicing Acupuncture at the moment?
From December 2018 I will be on sabbatical. I have loved practicing in Sydney but it's time for a holiday!
I will return to practice in 2020. If you have any questions in the mean time feel free to get in touch. I can be reached via email at email@example.com.
What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a wholistic system of health care that uses Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Tui Na (Chinese Remedial Massage), Cupping, Gua Sha (scraping therapy), Moxibustion and lifestyle advice in order to restore homeostasis to the body. TCM focuses on addressing the underlying causes for dysfunctional health conditions as well as providing relief from symptoms. In this way, TCM is an effective treatment as well as a source of preventative medicine for many acute and chronic conditions.
What to expect during your first treatment…
Visiting an acupuncturist can be like going on a plane flight for the first time. It’s an experience that can be unlike a visit to any other healthcare provider. Your acupuncturist may ask you a wide range of questions on what may seem like unrelated topics from the issue that you are presenting with. After a few questions your acupuncturist will take your pulse. They may palpate your abdomen and various other points and channels on your body. Then a quick glance at your tongue before the treatment begins.
You will feel some sensations once the needles are inserted. This is not an uncomfortable experience; instead you should expect to feel a sense of heaviness, dullness, tingling or a sensation of things ‘moving’ in the channels. This is called ‘De Qi’ in TCM and is completely normal. In a western medical sense this is the needle engaging a process of neuro-feedback.
Mostly people feel a deep sense of relaxation during an Acupuncture treatment and often have a bit of a nap!
What will I feel during an acupuncture treatment?
Will the needles hurt?
The needles that are used are about an eighth the size of a hypodermic needle, they are hair-like and so generally the patient will feel minimal or no pain during a treatment. Acupuncture is regularly used on small babies who do not react adversely to the needles, which should give you an idea of how gentle the treatments are!
Is TCM and Acupuncture safe? What kind of needles and equipment do you use?
Yes, All needles used are sterile, single use and disposed of immediately after treatment. All herbal products comply to guidelines set by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
Is TCM suitable during pregnancy?
Yes, it is an effective drug-free treatment for pregnancy-related conditions such as morning sickness, carpal tunnel and oedema. It is also well known for turning breech babies.
Is Chinese Herbal Medicine suitable during an IVF cycle?
No, herbs are generally not prescribed during a stimulated cycle where other western drugs are used. However, Acupuncture is used pre- and post-implantation as well as throughout the IVF process.
Is TCM suitable for babies and young children?
TCM is also very effective for young babies. Acupuncture can be performed where small needles are inserted and removed very quickly – generally for less than a second.
Shonishin (a Japanese manual therapy for children) can also be performed instead of Acupuncture where scraping is performed along the acupuncture channels.
Both methods are extremely effective for children and in acute conditions recovery is generally very quick and improvement noticeable almost immediately. Pediatric herbs are also available.
Is Acupuncture effective for stress?
Acupuncture is one of the most relaxing experiences that it is possible to feel. It may be hard to imagine being pain-fee but Acupuncture eases the muscles and tendons, as well as calming the mind for a deeply-felt relaxation that cannot be denied. When pain and stress are decreased the mind is freed up to engage with whatever everyday task is at hand and definitely more able to take on whatever surprises life throws at you. Overall there is a greater sense of space, ease and grace.
Can I claim rebates from my health care providers?
Yes, Rebecca is a registered provider with all private health funds. HICAPS is available at the time of the appointment.
I’ve got some questions and would like to know if Acupuncture and TCM will work for me.
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