Acupuncture Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of Acupuncture?

Acupuncture works along a system of energy pathways or meridians to restore the balance of human body system. The treatment of Acupuncture may be used alongside or may be incorporated with other health care.

Is Acupuncture covered by ACC?

Yes, if you have had an injury and made an ACC claim with our chiropractor or another health care serivce provider (e.g. your GP) then the acupuncturist may utilise this claim, therefore subsidising your treatment.ACC recommends a range of complaints that Acupuncture can help with. Click on the following website for more information on this:

http://www.acc.co.nz/PRD_EXT_CSMP/groups/external_providers/documents/guide/wim2_059359.pdf

Is it safe?

Your safety is our main concern. That is why we take great care in our initial consultation to ensure that we provide the most fitting management program based on our findings. Should your problem be something that is not within our scope of practice, we will redirect you to the appropriate specialty or medical professional.There are very few known side effects when practiced by a fully qualified practitioner of traditional acupuncture. Any minor side effects that do occur, such as dizziness or bruising, are mild and self-correcting.

Can I discuss my concerns with someone before committing to a consultation/treatment?

Yes, you can book in for a complimentary appointment. This is a short 15 minute discussion with one of our practitioners for you to find out if you are a suitable candidate for our services.

What can I expect from my initial consultation?

This consists of a thorough history and medical examination focused on your chief complaint. The findings should provide us with a level of clinical clarity of your condition. Moreover, in the absence of significant contraindications, the practitioner will carry out the necessary treatment. The initial consultation will take around 60 minutes, depending upon the complexity of your case.

What is Acupuncture History?

Acupuncture is a system of medicine developed over thousands of years to restore, promote, and maintain good health. It has a clearly recorded history of about 2,000 years although it is thought that it has been practiced in China and other Eastern cultures for some 4000 years.  There are even some suggestions that acupuncture was used during the Stone Age using sharp edges tools.