What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a healing art that has developed over several millennia in Asia. It originated in China, as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine together with Herbology, Tui Na (massage technique), Moxibustion (warming technique), Qi Gong exercises and cupping. Acupuncture spread across Asia to Japan, Korea and Vietnam where it further developed into individual schools and styles.

Acupuncture is based on the idea of a network of energy channels, called meridians, that cover the whole body.  These supply every square inch of tissue with necessary life force called Qi (pronounced ‘chee’). On these pathways, with their deeper connections to the vital organs, are portals to the flow of Qi. These are the acupuncture points and are stimulated with very fine, hair thin needles during acupuncture treatments.

Any imbalance in the flow or vitality of Qi within the body can result in a change to health and well being.

Acupuncture can restore balance, promote health and well being.

Acupuncture information from Dorothea Tebbenhoff at Tasman Acupuncture in Motueka

Acupuncture Consultation and Treatment

During your first consultation we will discuss your health history. You will be asked a wide range of questions that help in forming a holistic diagnosis.

As the details are uncovered, we will get closer to understanding the underlying cause for your complaint.

You will most likely receive an acupuncture treatment during your initial consultation. The treatment requires me to touch or press different areas of your body. This is important for diagnosis and locating treatment points.

A towel or blanket will be provided to cover you during the examination and treatment.

Does acupuncture hurt and is it safe?

I practice a Japanese form of acupuncture in which very fine needles are used.  These extremely fine needles allow near painless insertion, the sensation can be likened to a light pinch. The needles remain inserted for 7 to 15 minutes and are then carefully removed. Only sterile, disposable needles are used for your treatment.

Many clients say they “feel better in themselves” after acupuncture. This is because acupuncture treats the whole being rather than a single symptom.

Conditions people chose to have treated with acupuncture:

  • Allergies
  • Joint problems
  • Back pain
  • Constipation/Diarrhoea
  • Colds/Flu
  • Cough/Bronchitis
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Headache/Migraine
  • Health Maintenance
  • Heart problems/Palpitations
  • Immune Balance
  • Knee pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Neck pain/Stiffness
  • Pain management
  • Post-concussion syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Stress/Tension
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis elbow

How to book an appointment

For the initial consultation, please call reception to schedule an appointment. If you would like to discuss potential treatment options prior to making an appointment, again, phone or call in to reception and leave your contact details. I will call you back at a convenient time to discuss your individual requirements.

Acupuncture Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q. Is acupuncture suitable for children?

A. Yes. Specific treatments are available for children which may not involve needles. Please contact me to find out more.

Q. How long does it take to work?

A. In my experience a large proportion of clients say they see positive results after 3 to 5 sessions. However, this may vary depending on the severity and specifics of your condition.

Q. Do I have to restrict what I do after my acupuncture treatment?

A. No, you can exercise or go about your daily life as normal.

Q. Should I see my doctor before receiving acupuncture treatment?

A. This is not essential although I would recommend you let your doctor know you are receiving acupuncture treatment.

Q. Can I undertake acupuncture while receiving other forms of treatment such as physiotherapy?

A. Yes. Acupuncture can complement or enhance other therapies.

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