Frequently Asked Questions
The following are some frequently asked questions (and answers) about acupuncture:
Who can benefit from acupuncture?
Anyone can benefit from acupuncture. In our daily lives, our bodies are always suffering wear and tear. Acupuncture enhances the body’s natural restorative abilities and thereby works to enhance health.
Of course, most people seek out acupuncture when they are suffering from illness or injury and this is when acupuncture can be most beneficial
Acupuncture can assist in the treatment of just about any illness, disease or injury. That is not to say that acupuncture can cure cancer – far from it. But acupuncture has two important properties that can help just about anyone
First, acupuncture helps the body to heal itself. The human body has an incredible capacity to conduct its own repairs and maintenance. Every day, your healthy cells are busy keeping your body clean, removing toxins and destroying harmful substances. Bad habits, fatigue and the stress of modern life can slow these natural healing processes down, to the point that illness and disease take hold. Acupuncture stimulates and energises the body’s natural healing processes to help restore balance
Second, acupuncture is proven to be highly effective in the management of pain and discomfort. Anyone suffering from chronic pain will tell you that it is not pleasant to be taking painkillers for any length of time. Most painkillers have nasty side effects. Acupuncture can help relieve all kinds of pain and discomfort. Acupuncture is chemical free, it will not place the body under any extra stress and it is virtually free of side effects. By relieving pain, acupuncture can significantly enhance quality of life.
What specific illnesses or injuries can be treated with acupuncture?
Because acupuncture works by stimulating the body’s own healing response, acupuncture has potential to enhance the treatment of any illness or injury.
In an official report, Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials, the World Health Organisation lists the following symptoms, diseases and conditions that have been shown through controlled trials to be treated effectively by acupuncture:
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Hay fever
- Period pain
- Tennis elbow
- Knee pain
- Dental pain
- Correction of malposition of fetus (breech presentation)
- Morning sickness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Post-operative pain
- Adverse reactions to radiation or chemotherapy
- Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
- Peptic ulcer
Are there any risks?
Acupuncture is a very safe treatment.
The needles used are single-use, sterile needles and the risk of contamination is virtually nil. You will be able to observe your acupuncturist remove the new needles from their sterile packaging every time you are treated.
Because the skin is pierced, acupuncture causes a very tiny, invisible break to the skin. Infection could enter, theoretically, but the risk is very small. Just about any daily scrape or abrasion would have a higher risk of infection.
In some cases, the needle will cause a small and mild bruise. You are unlikely to notice unless you inspect the precise points.
You should be aware that there is no risk whatsoever that acupuncture will interfere with any medication that you are taking for your illness or injury.
How many treatments will I need?
This depends on your condition. For most conditions, you will need at least five treatments before you really appreciate the benefits of acupuncture.
If you are new to acupuncture and you are unsure about committing to a course of treatment, we fully understand. You are absolutely welcome to come for a single treatment to see how you feel about it. We will certainly never pressure you into more treatments than you want. But we do not promise that you will feel any magical results from a single treatment.
Some western practitioners of acupuncture will promise you instant gratification to justify their high prices. This is not in the spirit of traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture has a subtle but powerful effect which gathers pace over the course of the treatment. A traditional Chinese acupuncturist would advise you to commit to ongoing treatment over several weeks – possibly months. At AcuvivA, we recommend the same. We respect and have faith in the process and hence we cannot offer instant cures.
For this reason, we try very hard to keep our prices as low as possible. We believe that acupuncture should be accessible and that a proper course of several treatments should be affordable for most people.
Can I expect any immediate benefits? How long does it take to work?
In general, we do not promise instant gratification. Ideally, acupuncture should be delivered as a course of treatment. You may only appreciate the powerful effect of acupuncture after several treatments.
The exception to this is in the direct treatment of pain. If you are suffering from headache, nausea or any other acute form of discomfort, acupuncture can frequently offer some immediate relief – in some cases total relief.