Acupuncture is becoming much more mainstream but many people don’t know what to expect or what to look for. Here are some of the most common things to know before your first treatment.
Is Acupuncture a registered profession?
- Yes, acupuncture is a registered profession. In Australia, acupuncturists have to be registered with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency). An acupuncturist can only get registered when they’ve completed a full degree and have sufficient practical training hours. Make sure you book your appointment with a registered acupuncturist to ensure the best quality care. At Natural Solutions Acupuncture all practitioners are fully registered.
What can Acupuncture be used for?
- Although acupuncture is really popular for treating pain, it can treat much more than that. It can be helpful for a wide variety of problems, it can help reduce the symptoms of mental and emotional stress and hormonal problems of all kinds (menstrual problems, fertility, pregnancy, menopause) to name a few. Another way of using acupuncture that is becoming popular really fast is as a cosmetic treatment, to keep your skin looking young and glowing.
I don’t have any health problems, can I still have Acupuncture?
- You don’t have to have an illness or a health problem to have acupuncture. Traditionally acupuncture was used as preventative medicine. Ancient doctors were paid to keep you healthy and if you would get sick, their treatment would be free! It is great practice to look after your health to prevent getting sick, the old saying ‘prevention is better than cure’ is so very true.
How do you find out what my problem is?
- You will be asked to show your tongue. As part of determining the best treatment for you an acupuncturist will have a look at your tongue. Different areas of the tongue correspond to different parts of the body. We look for the colour, the shape, the coating and the moisture of the tongue. This way we can see where the root of your problems are and give a true holistic treatment. The other diagnostic tool we use is pulse diagnosis.
What about the needles you use for acupuncture?
- Acupuncturists don’t reuse needles. The needles that we use are sterile and disposable and will only be used once, never on other people. This means that there is virtually no chance you will contract a disease from receiving acupuncture.
- Acupuncture needles are very thin (much thinner than hypodermic needles). If the thought of needles turns you off, keep in mind that acupuncture needles are as thin as a couple of hairs and are actually quite flexible. People are often surprised how little they feel and many will actually fall asleep or have a deep rest during treatment.
How can I make an appointment?
Are you ready for your first acupuncture experience or do you have any questions? You can call us on 0414 067 874 or send us an email at email@example.com. Alternatively click here to go to the relevant page on our website.