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What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a 3000 year old traditional Chinese medicine healing system, involving the insertion of very fine needles into precisely located acupuncture points on specific parts of the body. There are more than 400 acupuncture points located all over the body, each one having its own function. These acu-points are located on energy pathways called meridians.
How does acupuncture work?
Modern medicine holds the opinion that acupuncture points correspond with bundles of small nerve fibres, and nerve endings that are distributed all over the body, and when a needle is inserted the nerves are stimulated and this brings about a change in the persons health, each point having a different function. The patient does not feel the nerves being stimulated.
Is acupuncture safe?
Yes. Pre-packaged, sterilised, single use, stainless steel, disposable needles are used. Acupuncture practice must comply to NSW general health and skin penetration guidelines the same as a dentist, GP, or hospital. The absence of drugs also eliminates the risks associated with side effects.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Generally, no. Occasionally the needles can feel a little unpleasant on insertion, but they do not feel like a hypodermic needle used in blood tests, as they are a fraction of the size, slightly thicker than the hair on your head. You may feel a very mild sensation of warmth, tingling, a dull pressure, or nothing at all. Once the needles are inserted the experience is usually very relaxing, some patients will drift off to sleep.
How many needles are used in a treatment?
Up to 10 needles may be used in a treatment, and after insertion are left in place from 5-20 minutes depending on the nature of the problem being treated.
What can acupuncture treat?