FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

DO YOU WORK WITH OTHER MODALITIES?

Absolutely. Aus Acu strongly believes that a holistic medical treatment must respect both mainstream and complementary medicine. For many concerns, we will request our patients to first visit their General Practitioner before we commence Acupuncture treatment to ensure you are cleared from any medical condition which requires mainstream care.

If you have a preferred medical practitioner you currently visit, you may put us in contact with them directly. If not, we can refer you to one of our preferred co-practitioners in the area of medicine we think would help compliment your Acupuncture treatment.

WHY DO SOME OTHER PRACTITIONERS CALL IT “DRY NEEDLING” OR OTHER NAMES?

To register as an Acupuncturist in Australia, each practitioner must complete a Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture). Currently, other names are used to describe other styles of needling which have not had the training of this degree, thus can not be registered with AHPRA. Aus Acu supports registered Acupuncturists and encourages our patients to ensure they receive care from a qualified, trained Acupuncturist. Contact us for more information.

 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Acupuncture healing is founded on a theory that electromagnetic energy runs through our body and helps our body stay balanced and healthy.

When the energy flow is disrupted by internal disharmony or external cause, our body displays ‘alarm signs’ that something is wrong. Some 5,000 years ago, Chinese healers discovered distinct energy pathways. These pathways, or vessels, may be likened to electrical antennas sending electromagnetic vibrational waves throughout the body. The energy surfaces in precisely located neurovascular nodes (points) which are needled using extremely thin, sterile and disposable pins to a precise depth at a precise angle.

Acupuncture treatment protocols can be based on empirical (observational) evidence or research based evidence.  Some research suggests that Acupuncture can stimulate the communication pathways in the body to assist with a variety of health concerns.

The relaxation of an acupuncture session in itself may be considered healing, with most clients feeling calm, grounded and even elated after Acupuncture treatment.

 

DOES IT HURT?

Acupuncture needles aren’t actually needles at all. Only medical needles are are true ‘needles’  as they are hollow, and thus designed to administer a drug into a patient or remove a sample from the patients tissues or fluids.

Acupuncture needles (pins) are solid, and remarkably thin and flexible. Some are thinner than your skin can detect, and actually pass between skin cells rather than damaging them meaning they are completely painless.

Additionally, acupuncture needles are kept sterile incased in a thin plastic tube which is depressed against the skin. This serves two purposes. It keeps the needle clean and sterile and it reduces the sensory perception of the needle being inserted.

Acupuncture is designed to be calming and relaxing, and many clients find they actually fall asleep during treatment.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO WORK?

Due to the nature of natural medicine and our requirements under advertising guidelines in Australia, we cannot advise timelines for the expected results of treatment. Please contact the clinic if you require more information.

We advise patients to practice caution when any natural medicine practitioner guarantees results, as these goes against our strict guidelines under AHPRA.

WHEN SHOULD I VISIT MY REGULAR GP FOR A CHECKUP? WHAT ABOUT MY ONGOING PRESCRIPTIONS AND HEALTH CONCERNS WITH MY REGULAR DOCTOR?

Acupuncture is not designed to replace or even compete with pharmaceutical and surgical medicine, but rather to form part of your holistic health care plan.

Please visit your General Practitioner or specialist regularly, and ensure that you have received the required or suggested testing for your condition before commencing Acupuncture treatment.

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