How long will it take to notice improvement?
Every person is an individual with different issues and healing response times, but we will do our best to give you a clear idea of what to expect with your treatment.
The effects of acupuncture and Chinese medicine are cumulative, meaning that the more consecutive treatment that you receive, the better the results. Unlike acquiring a tolerance for medication, the brain actually maps analgesic pathways over periods of acupuncture treatment, making pain relief somewhat habitual and learned.
What are our Chinese herbs sourced from?
Empirical Health Shop are a Melbourne based company and the first and only company to bring Organic and AAA grade Chinese herbs to Australia.
They use a three tier testing process, which only passes herbs that have non detectable traces of Pesticides, Aflotoxins, Aluminum Phosphate, Sulphur , Organophosphates/nitrates/chlorides, Heavy Metals, Microbacteria, Mold, Yeast, Pyrethroids.
This is such an exciting development for us as previously it has been difficult to find Chinese herbs that are quality tested.
Are any animals or animal products are used in the production of our formulas?
Chinese herbal medicines can contain animal products, however this practice is becoming less widespread as it is generally just as effective to use herbal substitutes. The active ingredients of our formulas are 100% herbal and do not contain any animal-derived ingredients. The capsules in which the formula is contained are made wholly from plant-derived components.
Are any endangered species used in the production of our herbal formulas?
While this practice does still occur in some parts of China, the majority of herbal medicines produced in China use only farmed or cultivated species. This is currently enforced internationally by CITES (The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species).
In compliance with the CITES regulations all of the endangered or potentially endangered herbs
used in our formulas are commercially farmed and wild crafted.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Unlike dry-needling, acupuncture involves very minimal needle stimulation. The hair fine pins are quickly inserted to the correct depth and then left for the duration of the treatment.
Because of the low trauma associated with the insertion of such fine and sharp needles, the level of pain felt with each insertion, and bleeding at the site is generally non-existent.
As you relax more with each consecutive treatment, sensations may range between subtle tingling, to warmth, to surges or aches and can be felt in other areas internally than just the needle site.
Once you overcome the anxiety of needle insertion, a deep meditative euphoria and stillness can embrace the body and the mind. This is where the best healing happens!
Some seasoned patients can literally feel their body responding like this to treatment after the 1st or 2nd needle.
Are there any risks with acupuncture?
The risks associated with acupuncture are very minimal when administered by a qualified practitioner, however due to the invasive nature of needle administration some subtle effects can result.
These include: bruising, itching, aching or sharpness at the needle site. Prolonged pain, aggravation of symptoms or infection at the needle site, which is rare but can happen.
Feeling sleepy or groggy after acupuncture and massage can also occur, and some patients might feel the need to refrain from driving, or strenuous activity, directly after a strong treatment. Although desired by some, this is not an effect we intentionally seek, and it rarely occurs.