ACUPUNCTURE AND HERBALISM

What has Bodalicious Natural Medicine to offer you?

FAQ’s 

Can Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine help me?

Yes! Chinese Medicine, which includes the practice of Acupuncture and Herbal medicine, has developed over thousands of years into a complete form of natural medicine able to treat any dis-eases; short of life threatening and emergency medical situations.

For centuries Chinese medicine has been helping people feel better without any damaging side effects to the body.

I have found that many problems can be corrected before drugs or surgery are needed, and even if you are not ill or in pain, Chinese medicine is useful for maintaining health and preventing dis-ease.

How does Acupuncture work?

Chinese medicine theory explains that pain and dis-ease are caused by either an imbalance or a blockage of Qi (=energy), circulating in the body. Acupuncture restores the flow of Qi, returning the body to good health, and stimulating the bodies own healing mechanisms.

Because Qi cannot be scientifically measured or detected, modern science has been searching for answers and explanations as to why acupuncture is so effective in creating therapeutic changes in the body. It has been shown that acupuncture stimulates the body to produce endorphins; endorphins can change the experience of pain, influence the bodies’ self-regulating systems, and promote physical and emotional well-being.

Research has shown that several types of opioids (encephalin, endorphin), are released into the central nervous system (CNS), during acupuncture treatments, thereby reducing pain. Other possible mechanisms of actions have been considered.

Evidence suggests that acupuncture points are strategic conductors of electromagnetic signals. Other studies indicate that acupuncture affects blood flow to centers of the brain and CNS related to sensations and involuntary body functions; such as immune reactions, and regulation of blood pressure, flow and oxygenation.

Truly, acupuncture can help the body to heal, whether we understand or can prove the specific mechanism or not!

Does Acupuncture hurt?

You may not feel anything, but most often you will notice a sensation when the needles are inserted, or manipulated during treatment. Acupuncture needles are extremely thin, typically between a 25-40mm gauge; much, much smaller than the hypodermic needles used for drawing of blood or injecting. After the needles are inserted, you may feel an energetic sensation at the point, but should not be painful. In fact, patients often fall asleep while I leave them to rest during the treatment.

What about the placebo effect, that is being mentioned by the skeptic?

Although placebo effects may come into play; as it does with all medical treatments; it is not a major mode of action. In fact, there have been several double blind, cross over studies, which have shown that true acupuncture is much more effective than sham acupuncture.

I have met many patients in the past 12 years that came in doubtful whether acupuncture could help them or not and left believing that however it works, it works!

Is Acupuncture safe?

Yes, when practiced by a licensed and AHPRA registered Acupuncturist or Chinese Medicine practitioner it is extremely safe. All acupuncturists within Australia are required to have at least 800 hours of Clinical training and undergo instructions in clean and safe needling techniques.

What should I expect during my first Consultation?

During an initial visit or consult with me, I will ask you at length about your primary reasons for visiting me, we go over your general and past health history, as well as your diet intake and lifestyle. This could take up anywhere near an hour.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is an holistic approach to healthcare and wellbeing and takes into consideration the state of the whole body in order to diagnose and determine treatment.

Following the initial get to know each other part, and Herbal consultation (if appropriate), an acupuncture treatment will be given. Once the needles are in, you will be left to relax with soothing music (if desired) anywhere from 15-45 minutes.

If time allows additional therapies, such as massage and/or cupping may be performed if indicated. There will be time reserved for questions and recommendations following treatment.

How long does a treatment session last?

An initial visit is scheduled to last up to one and a half-hour; however it may go longer depending on need and time allowed. A follow-up session generally lasts an hour.

What should I do before and after an acupuncture treatment?

  • Bring a list of all over the counter medications, prescription medications, vitamins, minerals and herbs that you are currently taking.
  • Wear or bring loose fitting clothes that can be pushed over elbows and knees.
  • Be sure to have eaten a meal if the treatment is early in the day.
  • Plan to be able to relax after your treatment. It is not unusual for patients to feel a little drowsy or euphoric after treatment. Nothing a glass of water won’t fix!

How many treatments will I need?

Occasionally one treatment will be enough, but this is very rare. The number of treatments varies widely depending on the nature, severity, and the duration of the complaint. Chronic conditions usually take longer to resolve than acute (short term) conditions.

In China, a course of treatment is traditionally 10 treatments in 10 days. In Australia this is difficult to achieve due to financial and time constraints. Most patients receive treatments once a week for 1-3 months, however, the course and frequency of treatment can vary based on individual needs.

With acupuncture and herbal medicine, the goal is to treat both symptoms and cause, and this may take time. However, helping the body come back into balance usually results in long-lasting effects.

Will Acupuncture be covered by my Insurance?

Acupuncture is one of the Complimentary Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies that are more commonly covered by Insurance. However, you should check with your insurer to see if acupuncture will be covered for your condition, and if so, to what extent.

Why should I take Herbs?

Herbal Medicine has been used for centuries to treat nearly every type of ailment. While not limited to internal conditions, Herbal Medicine is especially useful in the treatment for conditions with strong internal components; as opposed to physical or structural complaints which may be effectively treated with acupuncture and or bodywork.

Conditions related to the immune system, gynecological conditions, digestive problems, allergies, cancer, respiratory and metabolic problems are among the issues I commonly treat with Herbal medicine.

Also, while an acupuncture treatment can have lasting effects, continuing to take herbs while you are undergoing treatment, can greatly enhance the effect. Because herbal medicine is effective in treating underlying causes of illness, this is especially true in treating chronic conditions.

In China, herbal treatment is typically a primary mode of treatment with acupuncture being the adjunctive. What I have found is that the combination of Herbs and Acupuncture usually provides the wanted results!

Can I take Herbs if I am on prescription medication?

I am a Certified Western Medicine Herbalist and also a Registered Nurse and therefore fully aware that prescription medications and OTC drugs can have interactions with certain herbal prescriptions. Hence, it is very important to share information in regards to what my clients take on prescription and OTC drugs before embarking on herbal prescribing.

I often see that clients respond to advertisements on television, or read up on advice on the net and then self prescribe herbs and vitamins without having any idea of Drug-Herb-Vitamin reactions.

This can endanger someone’s health dramatically since most people do not necessarily share what they self-prescribe with their physician.

The nature of Western Herbal Medicine makes them very safe to use. Whereas pharmaceutical drugs typically consists of only one compound, acting with a specific mechanism of action, or on a specific receptor, the activity of Herbal medicine comes from the synergistic activity of a great number of components, as well as a number of different herbs acting together in a formula.

What does an Initial Consult /Follow-up cost?

For an initial consult of an hour and a half,  (this includes an acupuncture treatment) $90

For a follow-up consult of an hour, I charge $60 (this includes an acupuncture treatment) $60

Half an hour Massage (sports massage, deep tissue massage, acupressure, relaxation, cupping, reflexology) $35

An hour Massage (sports massage, deep tissue, acupressure, cupping, reflexology) $75

Home visits and treatments (this includes massage and/or acupuncture) $100

What does a Herbal Formula cost me?

This varies greatly, however an individualized formula can cost anywhere from $10, up to $50, for about two weeks. Patent Formula’s- which are general formulas prepared in pill or capsule form are costing around $15, a week