Our services include Chineses acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Cupping, Moxa.
We’re ACC registered.
Established in 1977, Acupuncture NZ is the largest professional body representing practitioners of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in New Zealand. A member of the World Federation of Acupuncture Societies (WFAS) and the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS), we also have strong affiliations with acupuncture associations particularly in Australia but also in China, the United States, Britain and throughout Europe.
Members have completed the equivalent of four years full-time training either in New Zealand or overseas, and have been accepted by ACC as Treatment Providers since 1990. Practitioners who have gained their qualification overseas are required to pass written and practical assessments. All members are bound by the Rules, Clinical Procedures and Safe Clinical Practice and Code of Professional Ethics of our organisation and are required to complete 20 hours continuing professional development (CPD) education each year and hold a current first aid certificate in order to maintain their Annual Practising Certificate.
Is Acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is extremely safe when practised by a qualified practitioner. After four years of full time training, members of Acupuncture NZ have an in-depth knowledge of Chinese Medicine and the meridian system as well as anatomy and physiology from a Western medical perspective. All members of Acupuncture NZ must use sterile single use needles and abide by the Clinical Guidelines of the organisation.
Occasionally a small bruise may occur at the site of the needle insertion but this is not usually painful and will clear in a few days.
How many treatments will I need?
Generally a course of treatment is accepted as being 8-10 individual sessions. Very commonly your condition may resolve in fewer than this, but if it is a long standing condition then it would not be unexpected to require considerably more. Initially you may be asked to attend for treatment two or three times a week, and then as symptoms improve, weekly treatment would be likely. Your first appointment may last for close to an hour but subsequent visits may only take 30 or 45 minutes.
Is there anything I should advise the Practitioner?
Most acupuncture practitioners will ask you to complete an information sheet on your first visit. The questions asked will cover basic information such as your name, address and age, the reason for your visit and how long the condition has been present. They will also ask about any medication you may be taking and whether or not you have had any surgery, even if it is not specifically related to the reason for your visit.
You should also advise the practitioner of any of the following conditions:
Pregnancy, Bleeding disorders, Diabetes,Any form of cancer,Hepatitis,HIV/Aids, Epilepsy or seizures, Skin infections,Heart conditions - especially if you have had a pacemaker inserted.
What should I do before treatment?
It is better to avoid drinking coffee or eating a large meal immediately prior to acupuncture but don’t arrive at the clinic feeling really hungry, or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Cigarettes, caffeine or recreational drugs make it more difficult for your practitioner to accurately diagnose your condition.
What should I do after a treatment?
Energetic changes in the body will continue for some time after the needles have been removed so it is preferable to avoid any strenuous activity immediately after treatment. To avoid undoing the effects of the treatment it is also better not to consume any alcohol or recreational drugs.