Frequently asked questions

How does Acupuncture work?


Acupuncture has been scientfically proven with decades of vigorous research, showing the efficacy of acupuncture for many conditions when compared to placebo, as well as having centuries of empirical evidence. Recent studies have investigated how acupuncture works on a physiological level. With over 2000 acupuncture points on the body, needles are inserted in specific combinations to interact with the fascial network to alter brain chemistry. For exapmle, with musculoskeletal pain, when needles are inserted and stimulated, impulses flow that can increase the secretion of endorphins into the blood stream diminishing the feeling of pain. Acupuncture can also balance hormone levels or cortisone otherwise known as the fight or flight response which is often triggered with stress or anxiety.




What is acupuncture?


Acupuncture is an ancient medicine that has been treating people for over 2000 years and is the gentle insertion of very fine needles at key points on the body, manipulating Qi through a network of meridians or channels. These acupuncture points elicit a certain quality of Qi and their own therapeutic action to rebalance the bodies disharmonies according to the patients individual pattern. The needles interact with the fascial network (messenger system) to influence brain chemistry and trigger internal responses like regulating hormones such as cortisol, releasing pain, reducing endorphins, increasing circulation, reduce inflammation and much more. Primarliy acupuncture can benefit fertility, pregnancy related complaints, management of pain, insomnia, disgestion issues, inflammation and much more.




What does Acupuncture feel like?


Our treatments are designed with your comfort and relaxation in mind. When needles are inserted it is common to feel nothing at all. sometimes a dull ache or warm sensation. Most people report how relaxed they feel during treatment, often falling asleep. We encourage you to find out yourself, but personally we feel that an acupuncture nap is the nap to end all naps! When the treatment is over you will barely notice the needles being removed and chances are that you will be so blissed out that you will not feel it at all. Post treatment you should feel calm and relaxed at a minimum, the rest of how it feels depends on your particular health needs and treatment.




What training do you undertake to become an Acupuncturist?


Acupuncturists do a minimum four year Bachelor degree with rigirous scientific course work and 500 hours of clinical practicum before graduating. At Ora Acupuncture we are registered with our governing body Acupuncture New Zealand (AcNZ) who ensure that we adhere to the highest standards in New Zealand. Additionally, we actively participate in professional development attending ongoing training.





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