ACUPUNCTURE is the practice of inserting very fine needles into the skin to stimulate specific anatomical points in the body (called acupoints or acupuncture points) for therapeutic purposes.
The acupoints are stimulated to balance the movement of life-force energy called qi (pronounced chee) in the body to restore health and prevent disease.
Here at Reid Health, your Acupuncturists Sohial Farzam, Sam Dudgeon and Hamish Reid, may utilise any of the following treatment methods during a consultation:
- Acupuncture (the insertion of very fine needles)
- Massage / Tui Na (Chinese massage)
- Moxibustion (the application of heat to acupoints)
- Patent herbal formulas (pre-packaged powdered herbal pills)
- Chinese exercise therapy such as Qi Gong; breathing & meditation techniques; Tai Chi
Acupuncture is a very effective treatment for conditions such as: Neck & Back Pain, Sciatica, Stress, Arthritis, Insomnia, Weight Loss, Sporting injuries, Cosmetic (wrinkles & dry Skin), Headache & Migraine, Digestive disorders & Infertility. If you have a condition that is not listed, please ask us how we can help.
Does it hurt?
Unlike hypodermic injection needles, acupuncture needles are solid & hair-thin; they are not designed to cut the skin. They are also inserted to much more shallow levels than hypodermic needles, generally no more than a half-inch to an inch depending on the type of treatment being delivered. We only use needles that are high-quality, sterile, once-use only products.
While each person experiences acupuncture differently, most people feel only a minimal amount of sensation as the needles are inserted, but different points on the body elicit different sensations.
What Should I expect on my first visit?
As with most health practitioners, the first visit to an acupuncturist usually begins with the practitioner taking a detailed history. Since TCM takes a more holistic approach to patient care than Western medicine, Sohial or Hamish may ask you questions that appear unimportant (questions about your sleep habits, your ability to tolerate heat or cold, your dietary habits, etc) but these are actually vital to the type of care you will receive. The goal is to assemble all the jig-saw pieces of information into one coherent picture allowing us to determine the most appropriate personalized treatment for you.
In addition to asking questions we will also ask to see your tongue & will feel your pulse on both sides of your wrist. Tongue & pulse diagnosis is a method of observing how your body is functioning internally, similar to iris diagnosis used by Naturopaths.
How many treatments do I need?
The number & frequency of visits depends upon several factors such as the duration & intensity of your condition; your age & general constitution; your response to treatment & your willingness to do things to help yourself (taking prescribed herbs, doing exercises, making suggested lifestyle changes).
Chinese medicine is effective because it makes very specific subtle changes to your body’s energy system. The effects are accumulative so compliance with a suggested treatment schedule will maximise your chance of improvement.