How does Acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is a medicine grounded in ancient Chinese theory. The traditional physiological view of the body in Chinese medicine involves the flow of Qi (pronounced ‘chee’) throughout various pathways of the body. A rough translation of Qi in more modern terms is ‘cellular functioning’ – so by influencing the flow of Qi in the body, what we’re doing is enhancing and influencing the way your body functions, right down to a cellular level.
To be more specific, acupuncture points are areas of electrical sensitivity. Inserting metal needles into these points stimulates sensory receptors that stimulate nerves that then transmits signals to the hypothalamic-pituitary system at the base of the brain. The system then releases neurotransmitters and endorphins that have several functions including pain-relief, relaxation, regulation of inflammation and hormonal regulation, among many others. Fun fact: the body’s own pain-killing hormones are thought to be 4-6 times more potent than morphine!
Does it hurt?
What is the difference between acupuncture and dry-needling?
Quite a lot! The image below outlines the differences between acupuncture and dry-needling. We utilise both traditional and trigger-point methods when deciding on the best treatment for you. And yes, we are all fully qualified and nationally registered acupuncturists.
Do you re-use needles?
Absolutely not! At Bloom Chinese Medicine, we practice in accordance with the Chinese Medical Board of Australia’s guidelines for infection control and prevention. All of our needles are sterile, single-use needles and are disposed of immediately after use.
How many sessions will I need?
What should I expect in a treatment?
First, we’ll sit down and discuss your health history. Sometimes we’ll ask you seemingly irrelevant questions about all sorts of bodily functions, but that’s just us trying to figure out how your body works in the scope of Chinese Medicine (trust us, they’re not irrelevant!). Next, we’ll probably have a look at your tongue and feel your pulse – again, this is a normal diagnostic technique in Chinese medicine and can help us to check that we’re on the right path. This part of the consultation will usually take anywhere from 5 – 20 minutes, depending on what’s brought you into the clinic in the first place.
After that, we’ll leave you in privacy to get on the treatment table and then we’ll begin the treatment. We utilise a wide variety of methods in our treatments alongside acupuncture including cupping, electroacupuncture, tui-na massage, laser therapy and sometimes herbal medicine depending on what’s appropriate for your condition.
How will I feel after a treatment?
What do I need to bring with me?
Is there anything I should do before or after the treatment?
Make sure you allow plenty of time on either side of your appointment so you’re not feeling stressed about being late to your appointment, or being late to a meeting or event after your appointment.
It’s a good idea to keep well hydrated before and after your treatment. Try to avoid having a huge meal immediately prior to your appointment (about 2 hours in advance is ok). Also try to avoid turning up to your appointment on an empty stomach – this can sometimes leave you feeling light-headed and fatigued after the treatment.
What if I don’t like needles?
Bloom Chinese Medicine
Bloom Chinese Medicine is an integrative Chinese medicine and acupuncture clinic committed to providing the best outcomes for our patients, and empowering them along their journey to optimal fertility and wellness. Centrally located in Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast, we have visitors from local suburbs and all over Queensland. Proudly servicing Maroochydore, Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headland, Buderim, Buddina, Kawana, Minyama, Parrearra, Warana, Birtinya, Bokarina, Wurtulla, Little Mountain, Caloundra, Aroona, Bells Creek, Meridian Plains, Palmview, Sippy Downs, Mountain Creek, Kuluin, Kunda Park, Diddillibah, Twin Waters, Pacific Paradise, Mudjimba, Marcoola, Bli Bli, Coolum, Yaroomba, Yandina, Ninderry, Valdora, Peregian Springs, Peregian Beach, Doonan, Noosaville, Noosa, Noosaville, Tewantin, Doonan, and Nambour.