The following is a list of frequently asked questions. If you have any further questions not answered here, please email Louise

Are you a registered practitioner?
Louise is a fully qualified practitioner of Chinese Medicine. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Acupuncture and Licentiate in Acupuncture. She is also a member of ANTA and the Chinese Medicine Registration Board (CMRB) which means she upholds a strict code of ethics and accountability.

Is Acupuncture safe?
Yes. As long as you are being treated by a practitioner who is a member of a recognised professional organisation, such as ANTA, you can be sure that your therapist has completed thorough training in acupuncture and appropriate Western Medical Sciences.

Are the needles sterile?
Yes, the needles are taken from a sterile blister pack at the time of treatment, and are disposable and used once only.

Does Acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are very fine, so the the prick of the needle as it goes through the skin is barely felt. Some people report an unusual sensation – like numbness, a dull ache or a tingling sensation as the needle begins to affect the Qi (energy) of the body.

Will I need to get completely undressed?
No, you will only need to expose the parts of your body which will have needles. It is best to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes when coming for treatment.

How many treatments will I need?
You should expect to feel some relief within two to three treatments. However, the number of treatments you require will depend on whether your condition is acute or chronic, and how healthy you are as a whole.

Do I need to be ill to have Acupuncture?
No. Feeling well is so much more than just not feeling unwell. Good health is a reflection of your sense of well-being. In China, acupuncture is used as a form of preventative medicine.

Are my treatments confidential?
Yes, absolutely. As with all medical practitioners, no one else has a right to this information without your consent.

Do I need to do anything before treatment?
No, not really, but it is best to ensure you have eaten before coming.

Will I need to do anything after treatment?
Acupuncture affects people in different ways. Some feel get tired after treatment, especially after the first session. It is recommended to try and relax as much as possible in the hours following a treatment.

Can I have acupuncture if I’m pregnant?
Yes. Acupuncture is very effective in treating various pregnancy related conditions, such as nausea, sciatica, anxiety and insomnia, to name a few. If you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, please make sure that Louise is aware of this fact. Further information on Acupuncture during pregnancy

Is the cost of treatment covered by my private health insurance?
Possibly. Please check with your health provider, as individual schemes have different terms and conditions. Louise is covered with all health funds that offer rebates for Acupuncture

Will you be able to help me cut down on my medication?

Possibly. It depends on what you are taking, and what you are taking it for. This will only be done on agreement from your GP.