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Frequently asked questions

How does acupuncture work?

Scientific testing has proven the existence of our body’s channels or ‘meridians’ and the individual points that have the least resistance to electrical or ‘chi’ flow. If there is obstruction in this system of channels, imbalance, pain and disease can occur. Activating specific individual points removes the obstruction and a healthy flow returns.

What is the difference between Chinese and Japanese acupuncture?

Japanese and Chinese acupuncture share the basic principles of channels or ‘meridians’. Qin (Kathy) much finer needles for Japanese acupuncture treatments. This makes for a lot gentler stimulation. Afraid of needles? Then Japanese acupuncture is for you.

Is acupuncture the same as dry needling?
Acupuncture and dry needling use the same needles, but have distinctly different approaches. Dry needling only assists with musculoskeletal issues and focuses on the symptom. The needle is penetrated into the muscle, inactivating trigger points by causing localized hemorrhaging in the area of pain. Acupuncture focuses on both symptom and underlying cause. The needle activates meridians in the body and treats many health conditions beyond pain relief.
What is cosmetic acupuncture?

Cosmetic acupuncture is being embraced worldwide as the healthy, non-surgical alternative to dermal fillers – though it’s been used for centuries in China and other parts of Asia. By using acupuncture on specific points on the face (also can be used on the neck and hands) collagen is created under the skin. In line with traditional acupuncture, cosmetic acupuncture embraces a natural holistic approach.

Is acupuncture painful?

Acupuncture needles are 25-50 times thinner than a hypodermic needle. And gentle acupuncture is Qin (Kathy)’s specialty. You may feel a dull ache or a tingling sensation at most. Some feel nothing at all. Most find our acupuncture treatments relaxing and enjoyable.

What is cupping?

Cups are placed on the skin creating a partial vacuum through suction. The suction mobilizes blood flow to promote healing. It is a highly effective way to remove obstruction in the median system of channels (see ‘How does acupuncture work?’) Many diseases, pains and ailments occur because blood is unable to reach certain parts of the body. Cupping draws the blood to reach these areas.

What is moxibustion?
Moxibustion is often used in conjunction with acupuncture, using heat to stimulate specific points on the body. Essentially, moxa herbs are bunt to create the heat. A cone of moxa may be placed on the point. Or a cigar-shaped moxa stick is held near to the point. It can be safely and effectively used for almost anyone.
What are Chinese herbs?

Chinese herbology is a large portion of traditional Chinese medicine. Your herbal medicine prescription may be a mixture of substances tailored to your particular needs. Qin (Kathy) dispenses a choice tablets, powders and raw herbs, depending on your health and preference

How long are the acupuncture treatments?
Initial treatments are an hour. Subsequent sessions could be 30-minutes. However, this depends on what’s best for you and your body. 30-minute treatments are recommended when you only need a treatment on one side of your body (front or back). Both sides require one hour.
Does Qin (Kathy) work in collaboration with other health experts?

If you have another health practitioner – GP, IVF specialist, chiro, physio, skin specialists, etc ­– she would be delighted to work with them to get the best health result for you.

When is Tao Acupuncture open?

Clinic hours:
Mon: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Tue: 9:00am – 6:30pm
Wed: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Thu: 9:00am – 6:30pm
Fri: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Sat: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Sun: closed

How much do acupuncture treatments cost?

30-minute treatment: $80
1-hour treatment: $120
*Health rebates may apply and note: Initial treatments are 1-hour

Do health rebates apply?
It depends on your private health cover. Many Australian insurance companies list acupuncture under their Extra policies. Check with your insurance company to find out.
How do I make a booking?

Dispelling acupuncture myths

Myth 1

Acupuncture is painful

This is slightly misleading, you would probably imagine just on face value that acupuncture was painful, after all, needles are driven into your body. However, most people who say this just automatically assume how painful it is without actually having experienced it themselves. The needles used are around 25 times thinner than hypodermic needles used to administer injections and the vast majority of people feel a dull ache at most. Sometimes people feel nothing at all.

Myth 2

Chinese medicine doesn’t work

Many people who say this are just uninformed. There are many easy ways to find studies that advocate and extoll the positive effects of Chinese herbal medicine on the body, particularly in the areas of pain relief, fertility, asthma and a wide range of other symptoms. It is important to keep in mind however that one treatment is very rarely going to be a full-spectrum solution to your issue and your long-term well-being is the first priority.

Myth 3

Acupuncture is the same as dry needling

Dry needling is focused purely on musculoskeletal problems and only helps with the symptoms. It works by driving the needle into a deeper part of the muscle which shuts down the trigger point by causing controlled and very localized hemorrhaging to relieve pain in that area. Acupuncture is focused on treating not only the symptoms but also the underlying cause. It targets the “meridian points” in the body and helps treat conditions past merely relieving the symptoms.

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