All you need to know

about acupuncture

What is Acupuncture

Acupuncture is part of the Traditional Chinese Medicinal (TCM) system, which has been used to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness for more than 3,000 years. It is accepted around the globe as a safe, effective and holistic alternative or complement to modern conventional medicine.

Acupuncture points are specific locations on the body which lie on the meridians or channels. These channels form an intricate network and are responsible for transporting Blood, Body fluids and Qi (energy or life force) throughout the whole body. The slightest physical, mental or emotional imbalance may cause blockages along the meridians which inturn inhibits the smooth circulation of Qi and Blood. Fine, sterile, disposable Acupuncture needles can be inserted into few of the many hundreds of acupuncture points to stimulate and facilitate the flow of Qi assisting to restore balance and harmony to the individual.

Each person is treated for his or her individual imbalance and treatment is personalised regardless of the disease or conventional medical diagnosis. 

What can acupuncture treat?

In New Zealand, most people tend to think of acupuncture in relation with musculo-skeletal injuries.

However, because Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is a complete health care system, there is very little that does not benefit from a course of acupuncture, herbal medicine or a combination of both. Very often it is possible to combine the best of both East and West and use the acupuncture or Chinese Herbs in association with treatment provided by a GP or other health care provider.

Here is some of the things that acupuncture can treat.

Musculo-skeletal - lower back pain, joint sprains, muscle strain, sciatica, arthritis, sporting injuries, sports performance or enhancement.

Respiratory conditions - sinus problems, hay fever, common colds or flu, asthma, bronchitis.

Gastrointestinal disorders - constipation, diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, haemorrhoids, heartburn and reflux.

Cardiovascular - angina, palpitations, high or low blood pressure.

Womens' Health - irregular or painful periods, infertility, premenstrual difficulties, menopausal symptoms.

Pregnancy - morning sickness, breech baby, heartburn, elevated blood pressure, oedema, lower back pain, preparation for labour, induction of labour, pain relief during labour, postnatal care. 

Mens' Health - some fertility disorders, prostate problems, erectile dysfunction

Neurological - headaches including migraine, trigeminal neuralgia, shingles, meniere’s disease, tinnitus, Bell’s palsy, post-stroke syndrome, insomnia, excessive dreaming.

Metabolic disorders - chronic fatigue syndrome, adrenal insufficiency, hormonal irregularities

Urological disorders - urinary tract infections, nocturia, bed wetting

Psychological disorders - post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, smoking/drug addiction.

Skin disorders - acne, psoriasis, eczema, scarring

Other- stress and cosmetic acupuncture

What to expect during a treatment

On your initial consultation information will be gathered about all aspects of your health. From there we will discuss the course of treatment and decide what approach to take. Sessions may include the use of acupuncture, moxibustion, gua sha, cupping, kineso tape, diet and lifestyle advice. 

People are often surprised that acupuncture is generally pain free. Common sensations experienced include tingling, numbness warmth, or a heavy feeling around where the needle is inserted. However, for those that are afraid of needles there are other ways to stimulate these acupoints. Acupressure can be used which involves the application of pressure to the specific points usually with the fingers.

About Lara

I have completed a Bachelor of Health Science in Acupuncture BHSc (Acu) at the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (NZSATC).

I developed a passion for treating women and couples on their journey to parenthood. I have a keen interest in treating women's health issues, fertility, pregnancy and birth preparation, as well as cosmetic acupuncture.

My approach to healing is gentle and compassionate. TCM and healthcare is a passion of mine, and as such, I am committed to working with you to find the best possible solution to your health needs. The aim of my treatments is to bring the body back to a state of peace, harmony and wellbeing. I use skilled acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, tunia, and kineso taping to treat a range of conditions, modifying my treatments to suit the individual patient.

I continue to expand upon my skills and knowledge through regular attendance of seminars and workshops in the TCM community. My services are offered at my home clinic in Waipu and Whangarei Wellbeing. Credit card and eftpos facilities are available.