Our services include Chineses acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Cupping, Moxa.
We’re ACC registered.
Acupuncture in NZ
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 of 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 organization and are required to complete 20 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) education each year and hold a current first aid certificate in order to maintain their Annual Practising Certificate.
We can use acupuncture to help deal with:
Questions you may ask
Acupuncture is extremely safe when practiced 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 organization.
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.
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.
During the session, the patient lies down on a table, similar to a massage. The acupuncturist will insert needles at pressure points which may or may not be close to where the patient is actually experiencing the pain or discomfort. Anywhere between 5 to 20 needles are typical for use during a single treatment. The acupuncturist may move, twirl, heat, or apply electric pulses to the needles, depending on your symptoms. The needles are very thin so most individuals experience little to no discomfort or just a slight ache. The patient simply lies still while the needles remain in places for up to 30 minutes, at which point the acupuncturist will painlessly remove them.
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 Meds.
Cigarettes, caffeine, or recreational Meds make it more difficult for your practitioner to accurately diagnose your condition.
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 Meds.
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.
43 Acupuncture and Moxibustion Effective Diseases Published by the World Health Organization. Respiratory diseases 1. Sinusitis; 2, rhinitis; 3, cold; 4, tonsillitis; 5, acute and chronic laryngitis; 6, tracheitis; 7, bronchial asthma. Eye diseases 8. Acute conjunctivitis; 9, central retinitis; 10, myopia; 11, cataract. Stomatological diseases 12. Toothache; 13, Pain after tooth extraction; 14, Gingivitis. Diseases of the gastrointestinal system 15. Esophagus, achalasia; 16, hiccups; 17, gastric prolapse; 18, acute and chronic gastritis; 19, hyperacidity; 20, chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief); 21, simple acute ten Duodenal ulcer; 22, acute and chronic colitis; 23, acute (chronic) bacillary dysentery; 24, constipation; 25, diarrhea; 26, intestinal paralysis. Nerve, muscle and bone disease 27. Headache; 28, migraine; 29, trigeminal neuralgia; 30, facial nerve palsy; 31, mild paralysis after stroke; 32, peripheral nerve disease; 33, sequelae of poliomyelitis in children; 34, Meniere ’s Syndrome; 35, neurological bladder dysfunction; 36, enuresis; 37, intercostal neuralgia; 38, neck-arm syndrome; 39, shoulder coagulopathy; 40, tennis elbow; 41, sciatica; 42, low back pain; 43 ,arthritis.