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"When you touch one thing

with deep awareness,
you touch everything.
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– Lao Tzu

What is acupuncture and Chinese medicine?

​Chinese Medicine (CM) is a clinical discipline that aims at prevention and treatment of disease.  Acupuncture, one of the many tools of CM, it uses hair thin, single use sterile needles to penetrate certain points in the body to subtly influence the energy of the body called Qi (pronounced chee). 

 

Qi travels with Blood around the body in circuits called meridians. The smooth flow of these meridians is the epitome of health. There is balance and they feed Qi and Blood to all of your organs (zang fu), your muscles, connective tissue, joints and skin.  When there is a blockage in the meridian flow, an imbalance will ensue causing a range of symptoms such as pain, digestive issues, insomnia, and many other complaints.​

What does it feel like?

​Generally acupuncture does not hurt at all. The needles are very thin and flexible, not like hypodermic needles. Most people do not even feel it penetrate the skin.  Once they are inserted we stimulate the Qi. People report this to have various sensations such as heaviness, tingling, warmth, pulling, a dull ache or a drawing sensation. Usually people feel a deep sense of relaxation as your body goes into an alpha state to start the healing. Many people fall asleep.

 

Afterwards you can feel tired and want to rest, people sometimes report they can still feel the needles working. It is good to plan a restful night after treatment.

How often do I need treatment and how long does it last?

This depends on the condition. Typically with a new problem resolution may only take a few treatments, if it has been around for a while it would be a longer treatment protocol.

 

It is rare that you would be fixed in one treatment. Generally the treatment results would at first last for 3–4 days and this duration extends as we move through the treatment protocol.

 

With some musculoskeletal issues you might need treatment twice per week for the first few weeks and then go to once per week. Other conditions such as fertility or gynaecological issues you require once per week for up to three months.

Is acupuncture safe?

Yes acupuncture is very safe when administered by a licensed practitioner. We undergo four years training and regular CPD courses. We use sterile single use needles and aseptic needling practices. If you would like to find a licensed practitioner in your area CLICK HERE

What will a normal acupuncture treatment be like?

​CM treats the body holistically. So you will be asked rather comprehensive questions about your condition, general health, family health, and history. We then will feel your pulse, look at your tongue, and palpate your body. We accumulate the many signs and symptoms together to provide a picture of the internal state of your body. We will endeavour to explain this to you in a way you can understand trying to link the TCM and WM. And offer lifestyle and dietary advice to help you on your journey to wellbeing.

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Do you treat ACC?

ACC covers any personal injury due to an accident for all New Zealand citizens and visitors to New Zealand. Whether this be at work, playing sport, at home or on a temporary holiday outside of New Zealand. You need to apply for this through your doctor, physiotherapist, chiropractor or osteopath.

 

Once this has happened we as acupuncturists can treat you under ACC. With this ACC number you can see your acupuncturist, physiotherapist, chiropractor and osteopath all at the same time to help bring you back to full working order. 

 

Your ACC number is valid for treatment for one year from your accident date. For this reason it is important that you continue treatment in one way or another until you are feeling better and have addressed the problem. Old injuries are not covered for treatment by ACC.

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