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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is part of a system of healing known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which dates back over five thousand years. TCM is not only the oldest professionally recorded system of medicine on the planet, it is the system of medicine that has treated the largest number of people in the history of mankind. As a system, Traditional Chinese Medicine includes the use of acupuncture, herbal remedies, massage,

nutrition and lifestyle to stimulate the body innate healing abilities to restore health and balance. Acupuncture, the insertion of fine, sterile needles in specific points of the body, has been shown to be effective in helping a wide range of conditions. Some of the more common ailments seen in an acupuncture clinic are listed below: Addictions - Allergies - Ankle Swelling - Arm and Shoulder Pain - Arthritis - Back Pain - Blood Pressure - Bronchial Conditions - Bursitis - Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Circulatory Issues - Colds - Colitis - Constipation - Cough - Depression - Detoxification - Diarrhoea - Diverticulitis - Dizziness - Emphysema - Facial Rejuvenation - Fatigue - Fibromyalgia - Flu - Gall Bladder Disorders - Gas - Gynecological Concerns - Hay Fever - Headache - Heart Problems - Haemorrhoids - Hip Pain - Immune System Deficiency - Indigestion - Infertility - Injuries - Insomnia - Joint Pain - Kidney Problems - Knee Pain -Leg Pain - Cramps - Liver Problems - Neck Pain - Stiffness - Nervousness - Neuralgia - Pain - Pleurisy - PMS - Pregnancy Symptoms - Prostate Problems - Rheumatism - Sciatica - Shingles - Shoulder Pain - Sinus Trouble - Skin problems - Sports Injuries - Stomach Problems - Sore Throat - Thyroid Conditions - Ulcers - Urinary Problems - Weight Loss - Whiplash.

What happens during the acupuncture treatment?

Many people may be unfamiliar with what exactly takes place in an acupuncture session. Wondering what happens during treatment, how many visits may be needed and whether health insurance covers it are all common concerns. In a typical first visit a detailed health history will be taken to fully investigate your chief complaint and provide acupuncture for you. This may take up to an hour but is necessary to create an individualised treatment plan that takes into account your present physical, emotional, and nutritional condition, while focusing on your main health concern.

Does it hurt?

Acupuncture in general is not painful. The needles are extremely thin (about the width of 2 human hairs), solid, disposable and flexible. Sensations that patients normally experience are a dull ache or tingling which is associated with the movement of energy stimulated by the insertion of the needles. This is a desired affect and should not feel painful.

How many visits will I need?

How many visits you will need will depend upon a number of different factors. The longer you have had the condition the more treatment you will generally need. If you have an acute conditions, like a cold or flu you will generally only need one or two sessions. If you have a condition that you have had for a short period of time such as acute pain from an injury or seasonal allergies you may require 3 or 4 treatments before your symptoms are reduced. Chronic conditions, that you have had for many years, like PMS, asthma, back pain or other problems may take anywhere from 4 to 10 treatments until you notice significant changes.

Patient Safety


All acupuncture needles are single use, pre sterilised disposable needles. Consequently, a patient can be confident that no infection can be transmitted.


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What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet and hands which correspond with every part of the body. Through application of pressure on particular areas of the hands and feet reflexology serves to relax tension, improve circulation and promote the natural function of the related areas in the body.
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