Is Acupuncture Regulated in Australia?
The answer is YES. We have recently been added to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and covered under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for Health Professionals. This scheme doesn’t only cover Acupuncturist but also other Health Professionals such as medical practitioners, chiropractors, nurses, osteopaths.
To be under this registration there are very strict guidelines and qualifications needed, which means you can have peace of mind knowing that our Acupuncturists hold all the necessary criteria to be able to practice.
Our Acupuncturists are also registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia and the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association.
Does acupuncture hurt and is it safe?
Acupuncture needles are very different to the standard needles that you would find in a doctors surgery. The needles that acupuncturists use are much finer and smaller in size. We often get new clients comment on how much the needles didn’t hurt and how calming the treatment is.
The acupuncture needles we use are the finest quality single use and disposable.
The Acupuncturist is also fully qualified and registered with the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA), and also follows their standards of health and safety, ethical and professionalism.
How much will my health fund pay?
How much your health fund will pay depends on which fund you are with and the level of cover you have. For more information call your health fund and quote the number 103 for an initial consultation, and 203 for a follow up treatment.
Will acupuncture interfere with my medication?
Acupuncture is fine to use with any medication and will not interfere. However there are some Chinese herbal formulas that are contraindicated with certain medication. That is why it is important to disclose all that information on the client form upon arrival and if the medications change along the way just let the practitioner know. Never stop taking medication without your doctors guidance. Acupuncture is used to complement and supplement your doctors treatments, not replace them.
How many treatments?
Generally patients see results after the first couple of treatments. However this depends on what the condition is being treated. For acute conditions results are usually seen within 1-3 treatments, however chronic conditions may take longer. The sooner a condition is seen to, the quicker it will respond to treatment. A general rule is you will need a month of treatment for every year you have had the condition.
Regular ongoing treatments help keep conditions in order and help prevent further problems from occuring. Once the condition starts to improve we recommend a treatment plan of once a fortnight or a month, depending on the condition, to maintain the body’s optimal health.
If we are seeing a client for fertility assistance whether it is regulating menstrual cycles or working alongside IVF treatment, we recommend once a week treatment for as long as necessary to achieve the result we are aiming for.
For pregnancy clients we see them weekly up until 12 weeks, monthly up until 34 weeks, then weekly again.