Traditional Chinese Acupuncture

Acupuncture at Spire Dunedin
For thousands of years, acupuncture has been used as a system of medicine to stimulate the body’s own healing response. Nowadays more and more people are finding this long established therapy can offer an effective solution to their problems. The acupuncturist, April Kim offers high standards in care and effective treatment for patient’s individual condition.

For thousands of years, acupuncture has been used as a system of medicine to stimulate the body’s own healing response.

How should I prepare for my first visit?
You should try not to have a large meal within an hour of your appointment as the process of digestion will alter the pattern of your pulse. You should also avoid alcohol and food or drinks which discolour your tongue, such as coffee, immediately prior to treatment. It is helpful to wear loose, comfortable clothing for your treatment and you should be aware that your acupuncturist may need access to points on your torso as well as on your arms and legs.

What will happen on my first visit?
Your first consultation will take between 75 - 90 mins, whilst subsequent sessions will take between 45 - 60 mins. You will be asked about your current symptoms and what treatment you have received so far, your medical history and that of your close family, your diet, digestive system, sleeping patterns and emotional state. The acupuncturist will also take your pulses on both wrists and look at the colour of your tongue. Once enough information has been gathered to determine the likely causes of your problems, the most appropriate treatment for you will be selected. 

What does it feel like?
Acupuncture needles bear little resemblance to the needles used in injections and blood tests. They are much finer, single-use, sterile,  disposable needles. When a needle is inserted, the sensation is often described as a tingling, dull ache or a warm feeling. Needles are inserted and are left in place for thirty minutes or less, depending on the effect required. During treatment, patients commonly experience a feeling of relaxation. The benefits of acupuncture frequently include more than just relief from a particular condition. Many people find that it can also lead to increased energy levels, as well as better appetite and sleep, and an enhanced sense of overall wellbeing.

Duration and frequency of treatments
Treatments are usually arranged weekly and then spaced out when the symptoms have improved.  The rate of improvement varies from person to person and depends on several factors, for example; the condition being treated, the length of time of the problem and lifestyle factors.

Is it safe?
There have been three surveys in the last six years which have shown that acupuncture is amongst the safest therapies in use in the UK today. There have been very few reports of serious adverse events, and most adverse effects are transient, lasting no more than a day or so.

Shall I tell my doctor?
If you are receiving treatment from your doctor then it is sensible to mention that you plan to have acupuncture.

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