Frequently Asked Questions About Acupuncture
What is acupuncture and how does it work?
Acupuncture is over 2000 years old and is considered one of the oldest forms of health care. Acupuncture has an holistic approach with a focus on prevention of illness as well as improving periods of illness.
Acupuncture involves the use of sterile, fine needles that are inserted gently and painlessly into specific locations along the body's meridians, known as acupuncture points. These points are used to restore the normal flow of qi, stimulating the body's natural healing processes and bringing the body back into balance. Chinese medicine practitioners also use moxibustion, cupping, gua-sha, electro-acupuncture, Chinese herbs and massage to restore the normal flow of qi in the body.
Does acupuncture hurt?
A feeling of tingling, or a dull sensation can be felt after the needle is inserted, this is the sign that the qi has been stimulated by the practitioner, but it is not uncomfortable or considered painful. Some patients say it is a strange sensation at first, but they easily get used to it and most people find acupuncture very relaxing. At Radiant Chi your comfort and feeling relaxed is our first goal, so if you have any concerns please feel free to discuss them with your practitioner.
What are the benefits of acupuncture?
Acupuncture is fast becoming a popular form of therapy because:
it is a natural form of healing;
it provides a holistic approach, linking the body, mind and spirit, assessing lifestyle and emotional influences and treating the underlying causes of disease as well as providing symptomatic relief;
it may aid in the relief of many acute and chronic conditions;
it may assist in disease prevention and aids in maintaining general well-being;
it may provide drug-free pain relief and is considered safe in the hands of registered and qualified practitioners.
Who can have acupuncture and is it only used for pain conditions?
Acupuncture can be used as a preventative measure for those wishing to strengthen their constitution and to reduce the impacts that their current lifestyles may have on their body's, especially for those that have had periods of stress, feeling generally unwell or are recovering from a chronic illness. It may also be used to relieve symptoms for many specific conditions and is often considered effective when used in conjunction with conventional medicine. Acupuncture practiced by a registered and qualified practitioner is considered suitable and safe for everyone, including young children and elderly, with non-invasive practices such as Tui Na and Shonishin being used for babies.
How often should I come for acupuncture?
This is dependent on every individual case. Initially you may need to come 1-2 times a week and often people feel the benefits after just one or two visits, however long standing ailments may take a little longer to improve and maintain. As your condition begins to stabilise we extend appointments out to longer periods of time.
As acupuncture is also used as a preventative method of healthcare, some people like to schedule an appointment in preparation for a changing season, ensuring their body is in its best condition for the upcoming months e.g. spring or winter when hayfever and colds are more common. We also encourage taking the time to reschedule an appointment when there has been big changes or emotional upheavals in your life; we want to ensure you keep on top of your well-being and these disruptions can often cause imbalances in our body. Many people use acupuncture as part of a regular maintenance regime when they lead busy, physically demanding or stressful lifestyles, so they can ensure they have the capacity to offer their best self to their families and other commitments to achieve their life goals.
Are there any side effects?
There are very little side effects with acupuncture. There can be occasional bruising at the needle point location or sometimes a slight flare up in your condition can occur for a short period of time as your qi clears and settles, however all of these minor ailments are self-correcting, mild and often resolve very quickly and your practitioner will discuss any risks or possible adverse effects with you in detail before they commence.
After your appointment most people feel very relaxed and calm, one of the best side effects of acupuncture. It can also make some people feel a little drowsy, so if you have work commitments that need your alertness it is best to schedule your appointments at the end of your work day.
What should I expect when I come for an appointment at Radiant Chi?
At Radiant Chi our goal is for everyone to have a place to unwind, to have some time for rejuvenation and restoration.
Each appointment involves a period of discussion with your practitioner about your health, lifestyle, diet and your general well-being, we also often palpate areas of the body. We then take a look at your tongue and take your pulses. Most people feel a little shy poking out their tongue, but don't be, the tongue provides us with so much vital information including the depth and nature of your imbalances and the progress of your disorder and unlike the pulse it is less effected by short-term things such as being nervous.
Following your consultation, your practitioner will provide you with a Chinese Medicine diagnosis and a treatment plan and discuss any questions that you have. Once you are happy with the plan, your practitioner will leave the room allowing you to get comfortable in the suggested position on the massage table to provide your treatment. This can include one or many methods of re-balancing the qi and always includes a period of being left to rest in the room with the needles inserted, this time is a perfect time to detach from all that is going on outside and have some quiet time to yourself, loads of people find they feel so relaxed they have a little nap. Following the removal of your needles, we have an opportunity to discuss anything about your experience or expectations and the goals we have for your well-being. We are always a phone-call or e-mail away if you should wish to discuss anything further after you have left your appointment.
What will it cost and do I get any rebates?
At Radiant Chi we aim to provide acupuncture in an affordable way so everyone can experience the benefits of this ancient healing art.
We offer concession prices for student, disability, Centrelink and seniors card holders, the fee is reduced when producing a recognised concession card. Standard appointments are $105 for your first visit and $75 for acupuncture and $85 for Tui Na for subsequent visits.
Medicare currently doesn't offer any rebates for acupuncture, however your private health fund does if it is listed on your schedule. As there are several health funds and so many variations in cover for each individual it is best to contact your provider if you are considering acupuncture to discuss your expected rebates.
No fees are charged until after your appointment and HICAPS is available at the payment time, so only the gap is payable, please feel free to use our online booking tool to schedule your appointment or give us a call to discuss any other questions.