Frequently Asked Questions

“Chinese Medicine may not have all the right answers but
it does ask all the right questions”

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

When prescribed by a trained acupuncturist, the insertion of acupuncture needles should be relatively painless. There may be some slight discomfort or a dull aching sensation on insertion depending on the condition being treated and the sensitivity/pain threshold of each individual client. Our whole approach is based on making you as comfortable and relaxed as possible. Most people describe acupuncture as a very relaxing overall experience with minimal discomfort. If you are highly sensitive to needles there are other alternatives we can use including laser acupuncture.

How long does a consultation take?

For your initial consultation with The Which Doctor please allocate up to 90 minutes. If you have a particularly complicated case with a lot of blood tests/ medical reports you would like to go through please ensure you let the Which Doctor know so she can allocate you the appropriate time. The initial assessment includes a very thorough medical history as well as important information about your overall health. The initial assessment also includes a thorough explanation of acupuncture and any herbal medications/supplements that you have been prescribed.  Follow up consultations usually take approximately 45 minutes.

Can Acupuncture help children?

With specialist training in paediatric massage, Dr Chloe enjoys and thrives on treating children and they usually enjoy it also. There are alternatives to needling that are available for children and infants including massage, press needles and laser acupuncture. Children do not need as long as a retention time as adults and as such they are quite comfortable lying still for 10 minutes or so. Infants have no retention time with needling, the acupuncture needle is simply inserted then removed after a quick stimulation. It is quick, painless and a fun novelty for most infants/ children.

What should I expect after a treatment?

Most people have a very relaxed experience with acupuncture. After your session is completed you may feel a bit light headed so it’s important to take your time adjusting back into your day. Make sure to hydrate with water after a treatment and don’t do any strenuous exercise. Majority of people are quite tired after a treatment and this is very normal. This is a sign your nervous system has relaxed and you should take full benefit of your relaxed state.

What should I do to prepare myself for a treatment?

  • Before an acupuncture treatment please make sure you have eaten a meal or snack prior to your appointment.
  • If you haven’t filled out your initial intake form please allocate 15 minutes before your initial appointment to fill them out.
  • Majority of the time The Which Doctor will need access to your legs, arms and possibly stomach so please try and wear loose fitting clothing that can be easily manipulated.
  • Make sure you hydrated and use the toilet before your treatment so you can relax fully.

Why do I lie on the table for so long?

After the Which Doctor has consulted you and decided on a treatment protocol, she will insert the desired amount of acupuncture needles. After ensuring you are comfortable, warm and relaxed you will then “marinate” for 20-30 minutes. This means you will lie on the bed with relaxing background music and have a well-earned rest. The research shows that a minimum of 20 minutes is needed for your body to be in a state of relaxation so that the needles can work their magic. During this time it’s important to try and switch your mind off, if you are unable to do so please ask the Which Doctor for a guided meditation to ensure you receive the most out of your treatment.

Why does my Chinese Medicine Practitioner ask me about such strange things?

Your initial consultation will consist of answering many questions. Some you may be used to answering (pain level, past medical history, medications) but some may seem quite strange. The Which Doctor will ask you things about your digestion, period blood, discharge, amount of sleep, stress levels, affinity for skin conditions. This all helps her provide a thorough understanding of your bodies’ strengths and weaknesses. Try to answer as honestly as possible because this will ensure your treatment plan is perfectly tailored to you. It’s okay to be embarrassed but just remember the Which Doctor talks about these matters all day, every day and nothing you can say will surprise or shock her.

What Does Acupuncture Actually Do?

Acupuncture is an ancient modality that has successfully made the leap to modern times. There has been a lot of research done on acupuncture and the general consensus is that acupuncture has a few main physiological functions:

  • Acupuncture uses neurohormonal pathways to stimulate nerve supply. This leads to a chemical message to the brain being sent and the release of endorphins. Endorphin release leads to a higher pain threshold and a relaxed, happy state in the individual.
  • Another hypothesis is that acupuncture works by reducing pro-inflammatory markers, or proteins, in the body. Studies suggest that acupuncture can significantly decrease these pro-inflammatory markers which decreases inflammation and reduces pain.

Can I use my private health insurance?

Most private health funds cover acupuncture as it is usually put in the same category as Chiropractic and Physiotherapy. The recent health fund cuts of natural therapies has not affected the coverage of acupuncture so you will continue to receive a rebate with most funds. Chinese/ Herbal Medicine is not covered by many funds so the herbal supplements will not have a rebate. If you are unsure about your coverage feel free to check with your Health Fund Provider.

Why does my acupuncturist feel my pulse and look at my tongue?

If you have visited a traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner before chances are they have felt your pulse and asked you to poke out your tongue. But why? Chinese Medicine uses both the tongue and the pulse as very important diagnostic tools. By feeling the pulse a trained practitioner can determine where the areas of your body are unbalanced and need improvement. The tongue gives us an understanding of what organs of your body are affected as well as how certain physiological systems of your body are performing. By looking at the shape, coating, texture and moisture of the tongue we can help determine the best treatment plan for you.

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