When done by a registered and experienced practitioner acupuncture should not hurt.  However, some points are more sensitive than others.  Some points may have a little sting upon insertion then the sensation will quickly dissipate.  After the needles have been inserted, common sensations of acupuncture are heaviness, numbness and a sense of relaxation.  Treatment as a whole should be relaxing involving some quiet peaceful time in a comfortable environment.

Acupuncture on the whole is a very safe treatment.  However, acupuncture does involve some risk.  Due to the fact acupuncture involves skin penetration the risk of infection is present.  If an acupuncturist uses standard hygienic procedures during treatment, such risks will reduce significantly.

Another risk of acupuncture is a pneumothorax.  This is when the space between the lungs and chest cavity is punctured by an acupuncture needle.  This is a rare occurrence.  It may occur when acupoints around the upper back, chest or shoulders are used.   One sure way to avoid a pneumothorax is to only use points on the arms and legs, commonly done at Gardenvale acupuncture.

Yes, all practitioners at Gardenvale Acupuncture are registered acupuncturists with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).   All practitioners are members of a professional association and have appropriate professional indemnity insurance.   An acupuncture qualification is a four year degree, with the addition of a master’s degree.

Dry needling is a term describing local needling into myo-fascia trigger points.  These are areas in the body which are tender and emanate sensation when needled.  Such techniques have been used as a component of acupuncture since its inception.  Acupuncture can both be used as a localised needling or distal needling.  Local sore points are referred to as ashi points.  These represent something quite similar to trigger points.  Generally, acupuncture will be less sensitive than dry needling, as an acupuncturist will have had extensive training and significant experience.

If you have the appropriate extras for your health insurance, you can claim through our HICAPS terminal.  Currently there is no option to claim acupuncture through Medicare unless it is done by a GP.

This will depend on this issue at hand. Something acute may only need a few treatments to resolve, however chronic conditions may require extensive sessions to help.  This will be discussed during the initial consultation.

For the initial consultation we allocate 1 hour.  The actual acupuncture treatment will usually take between 30 and 40 minutes.

Chinese herbal medicine is relatively safe.  Sometimes side-affects can occur such as a minor digestive complaint, however this can be rectified by your practitioner.  It is possible for Chinese herbs to interact with existing medications and supplements.  It’s crucial you inform your practitioner of all existing medications to reduce this risk.

The herbs come in a granule product.  These are mixed with warm water, usually about 40ml, then it’s down the hatch.

Yes… well not all of them, but some are a tad bitter.  But remember, if they were really tasty perhaps they might not be so good for you.