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Frequently Asked Questions about Chinese Medicine
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Acupuncture should not be a painful experience. People have described it as a dull aching, pressure, pinching, tingling or heavy sensation. If you do feel discomfort, inform your practitioner immediately and they will adjust the needle accordingly.
How many sessions will I need? How long is each session?
Every case is different and depends on the nature and duration of the condition. On average it may take 3- 5 sessions but some conditions may take longer. If you have acupuncture the needles are usually retained for 30 minutes. Allow up to an hour for each treatment.
Will I get bruises from cupping?
Cupping is used to release the tight muscles in certain areas by bringing the vessels to the surface and increasing the blood circulation to the area. It creates a vacuum that draws the skin upwards. In this method red marks may be left in the areas that the cups were placed. They may last from 1 day to a week. If this will be a problem please inform your practitioner.
Can I take herbal medicine with my current prescription?
Always inform your Chinese Medicine practitioner of any medications and supplements you are currently taking. The practitioner will discuss whether herbal medicine is appropriate or not. Never stop taking your medication without your prescribing doctor’s consent first. Herbal medicine comes in the form of capsules or pills and powder (which dissolves in water).
What should I expect in a Chinese Medicine session?
In the initial consult the practitioner will discuss with you your health concerns and history. In addition to this the practitioner may ask questions relating to your diet, your digestion, your lifestyle, emotional state, other pre-existing illness and your family’s medical history. For women clients, questions regarding your menstrual cycle and birth history will also be asked. In addition to these questions the practitioner will look at your tongue and feel your wrist pulse.
The information gathered is used to assess the condition of your five organ system and to conclude which system requires the most attention. All the information disclosed in a session is held with strict confidentiality.
The Chinese Medicine Practitioner will then discuss a recommended treatment plan. This may involve Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal medicine or a combination of both.
All Chinese medicine practitioners are registered by the Chinese Medicine Registration Board of Victoria (CMRBV). By 2012 a compulsory national registration will be required by every practitioner.
Chinese Medicine Theory believes that when certain points are triggered with acupuncture, it encourages the body to function more efficiently overtime.
Chinese Herbs play a very important role in Chinese Medicine and can supplement any other treatment you may receive or can be used as a stand-alone treatment.
Cupping is another technique that may be applied. It is useful to help release muscular tension in the body.
Our main focus is to support the individual back to their optimum level of health.