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Frequently Asked Questions About Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Therapy that has been around for thousands of years. Acupuncture promotes natural healing through the insertion of very fine needles into specific sites on the body. Acupuncture encourages the flow of energy, enhances the body's natural healing abilities, and has been found to improve health and functioning. Acupuncture is a natural healing modality that balances the body and promotes health and well-being.

Is Acupuncture treatment safe?

Yes. Sterile, disposable needles are used, and acupuncturists undergo comprehensive training to assure your safety.

Is Acupuncture painful?

Unlike injection needles which are thicker and hollow with cutting edges, the needles used in acupuncture needles are hair fine and extremely thin. Most people do not find the insertion of acupuncture needles to be painful.

How big are the acupuncture needles?

The needles used in acupuncture are ultra-thin, roughly the diameter of a strand of hair.

What is Auricular Acupuncture?

Auricular therapy, also known as Ear acupuncture, is widely used to treat a range of conditions, including weight loss, pain, stress, mood issues, addiction treatment, and more. The acupuncture points on the ear correspond to the body’s internal organs and functions. In addition to providing Auricular Acupuncture to our Maitland-area patients, we also offer ear seeds. Ear seeds are tiny seeds placed on your ear with adhesive tape. They typically last up to 5 days, and allow you to stimulate acu-pressure points in your ear. Users have reported many benefits, including help with addictions and cravings, headaches, anxiety, stress, pain, and even weight management.

What conditions can be treated with Acupuncture?

Acupuncture has been found to be beneficial for a broad range of health issues including acute conditions and pain as well as chronic and degenerative diseases. Visit our Conditions Treated page for a comprehensive list of including treatment of pain, headaches, sports injuries, headaches, infertility, and more.

What can I expect when I go to my Maitland acupuncture consultation?

Your acupuncturist will conduct a full health history to find out about the underlying causes of your health issues. You will be asked a series of questions about your symptoms, health, and lifestyle. Your acupuncturist may examine your tongue, check your pulse, and palpate various areas on your body to help determine which organs and meridians are out of balance. With this information, your acupuncturist will customize a treatment plan to rebalance your body and resolve your issues.