How does Acupuncture work?

Acupuncture involves inserting very fine needles into your skin at specific acupuncture points in order to promote the flow of qi (vital energy). Acupuncture works by relaxing the nervous system, improving blood flow, reducing muscle tension and decreasing inflammation and pain.

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat a variety of conditions. Recent research provides strong evidence to show acupuncture is effective in treating conditions such as chronic low back pain, headaches, knee osteoarthritis, migraine prophylaxis and nausea and vomiting (McDonald, J. & Janz, S., 2017).

There is also moderate evidence to show that acupuncture is effective in treating a range of other conditions such as anxiety, IBS, asthma, depression plantar heel pain and shoulder pain, to mention a few.

What is a treatment like with me?

I like for my patients to feel empowered as we work together towards acheiving your health goals. I enjoy treating all health conditions, but I have a special interest in treating:

  • Musculoskeletal conditions and pain
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Gynaecology and fertility
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Skin conditions

During a treatment, we will discuss your health goals, and create a plan to work towards achieving them including acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, dietary and lifestyle advice, as well as herbal medicine and supplementation where appropriate.

The treatment begins with a consultation in which I observe your tongue, pulse and other signs and symptoms. Then you will be lying down to relax for acupuncture, listening to calming music.