A Natural Painkiller
Acupuncture is a holistic treatment by inserting thin needles at specific points of the body to alleviate pain and to treat various health conditions. It is rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine and operates with the idea that illness is caused by an energy imbalance in the human body.
The belief is that the needles form an external stimulus, leading to the release of endorphins which are known to be the body’s natural painkillers. This process initiates the self-healing process within the body.
Our Acupuncturist applies gentle approach to specifically address imbalance unique to your body health.
Effective for treatment of pain (acute and chronic), sciatica, arthritis, headaches, digestive problems, abdominal problems, among many other common conditions.
Elemental Therapies Acupuncture treatments can be applied to a wide variety of health concerns such as:
Muscle and Joint Pain
Gastrointestinal (stomach and bowel) problems
Post Operative Healing;
Issues like insomnia and anxiety.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture belongs to a system of medicine called Traditional Chinese medicine that originated 2000 years ago. It promotes the body, mind, and spirit to rebalance and selfheal.
This is achieved by inserting tiny needles and sometimes applying heat, suction or an electrical stimulation at precise acupuncture points.
What can Acupuncture Treat?
Acupuncture is a system of medicine that can help in, preventing illness and promoting health and well-being.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy are mapped all over the body. These channels are called meridians and they have governance over our bodily functions and thoughts. The meridians are filled with ‘Qi ‘which is a vital life-force. ‘Qi’ can be measured as a minute electrical voltage. We are full of vitality when ‘Qi’ is balanced and reaching all parts of our bodies and minds. When ‘Qi’ is deficient, we experience symptoms such as tiredness and sadness. When ‘Qi’ is in excess, we can experience symptoms such as pain and anger.
Scientists have proven that the insertion of needles causes the body to release Nitric Oxide into the bloodstream which has pain relieving and inflammation reducing qualities.
Acupuncture is holistic which means your registered acupuncturist looks at you as a whole, examining all the factors in your life that contribute or detract from a healthy lifestyle.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Acupuncture is extremely safe especially when it is practiced by a properly qualified practitioner. All needles are sterile and only used once. Our acupuncturist is registered with the acupuncture NZ and fully insured for your peace of mind.
Does it Hurt?
Acupuncture needles are much finer than those used for injections and are relatively painless when piercing the skin. Some people experience tingling sensations when the needle hits the precise acupuncture point which is a positive sign.
How do I know where you will put the needles?
Depending on your presenting complaint, some needles will be located near your injury and others further from the injury. Arms and legs are common areas for needles. I will do a complete assessment prior to any insertions. Expect some unusual questions about your habits and lifestyle and be prepared to stick out your tongue. Tongue diagnosis and pulse taking are a fundamental part of diagnosis in Traditional Chinese medicine.
How many treatments will I need?
Long-standing conditions or injuries might take longer to heal than a recent headache.
The body needs time to assimilate each treatment. Each treatment builds on the next treatment. The space between each treatment affects healing time also. Usually, noticeable improvement is observed after 3-4 treatments.
How should I prepare for a treatment?
Wear some loose comfortable clothing and/or bring some shorts to change into. Bring some warm clothing as well as your body might feel cooler afterward. Be adequately fed and hydrated and have taken all your medications for that period. Avoid having alcohol/illegal substances in your system and being overly caffeinated. Don’t brush the coating of your tongue with your toothbrush. Best to have an easy schedule the day of your first treatment especially if the treatment is for mental/emotional balancing.
How will I feel after each treatment?
This all depends on your state of being coming in for the treatment! If you come in stressed, you will leave less stressed and if you come in with no energy, you should leave feeling more energised. The progress of chronic conditions is more subtle and you mightn’t feel any difference straight away. Treatments can often get you in touch with repressed emotions.
The healing is in the feeling of these emotions.
Am I covered by ACC or my health insurer?
Yes. Acupuncture is covered by ACC for approved claims and a specific referral from your GP, physiotherapist or another health provider is not necessary. As a registered acupuncturist with NZRA, my receipts are valid with most private health insurers. It is your responsibility to check whether you are adequately covered for acupuncture. Contact your provider.