Acupuncture FAQ

March 20th, 2012 /

166B Acton Avenue


Perth 6103.                                     

Acupuncture Clinic Phone: 9478-1415.


About the clinic.


Acu-Care  Naturopathics operates from a professional home based office and treatment room which allows for flexible appointment times for busy working people, along with sustainably affordable consultation fees. The Acu-Care clinic is centrally located; this makes it easily accessible for many of Perth’s suburbs. 


 Acu-Care Standards & Accreditations.


Acupuncture treatment at Acu-Care Naturopathics is carried out in line with professional standards which are set out and developed by the Chinese Medicine registration Board of Australia (CMRBA) and are detailed in the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) codes of  professional conduct and safe practice.

Acu-Care Naturopathics treatment room and all of the equipment used conforms to the standards which have been put in place by the code of safe practice, also in all cases have been approved by the local  (Belmont) government authority environmental health officers.

Acu-Care Naturopathics is an approved and accredited clinic by the Local Council of Belmont.

The Australian Natural therapists Association (ANTA) 

The Federation of Chinese Medicine Australia (FCMA)

Acupuncturist registered with The Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA)


Q: How does acupuncture actually work and what is the evidence.


Please refer to our: about acupuncture page.


Q: Do you give health fund rebates for acupuncture.


Yes: Refer to our list of health fund providers by clicking on the link at the top of the page. 


Q: Is acupuncture limited to treating joint and muscle pain.


The most common conditions presented to Acupuncturists are generally pain syndromes, such as neck and shoulder pain, back pain, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder and various types of leg pain, however acupuncture can treat a wide array of  conditions that are not pain based.

 For more information on what acupuncture can do for you call 94781415 to discuss your requirements.


Q: What happens when I go for an acupuncture consultation ?

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Your initial consultation will consist of completing a detailed questionnaire regarding your presenting health complaint and once complete I will ask additional questions relating to your condition.

I will then formulate a TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) diagnosis for your presenting complaint which directs me to the correct acupuncture points suited to your condition.

Ultra fine single use, sterilized, acupuncture needles are then used to stimulate the selected points. The acupuncture needles are left in place for up to 30 minutes and depending on your health complaint additional therapies may also be included, such as: Moxabustion, Cupping, trigger point or/and Bowen therapy, MET. 

There are no extra charges for the use of additional therapies: these are included in your treatment plan.

I may also recommend certain supplements to complement your treatment, however I try to keep this to a minimum as the cost of quality supplements can become expensive.

Follow up appointments are scheduled for 3 to-5 days (depending on the individual case) later to continue your treatment and discuss your progress from your initial consult.

Generally, patients feel a benefit from acupuncture within the first treatment and continue to improve with treatments 2 and 3, however some patients can take a little longer to respond and some respond very quickly, such as after the first session.

For chronic health related conditions a series of acupuncture treatments are standard and this can vary from between 6 to12 appointments, acupuncture is known to have an accumulative effect, which means that each treatment builds on the next for continued improved and lasting results.


Q: Is acupuncture painful

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The most common reason people avoid having acupuncture treatment is fear of pain from the acupuncture needles or just plain fear of needles.

Acupuncture needles are not the same as hypodermic needles that are used by Medical doctors for injections, acupuncture needles are very fine. At Acu-Care Naturopathics we use extremely fine needles, which are virtually painless.

However, to the astonishment of those who have acupuncture, they find it relaxing and not painful at all. Consequently, having no pain doesn’t mean there is no sensation. Listed below are some of the most common sensations experienced during treatment:

  • A slight dull ache around the points being needled which is described as very mild and not painful and lasts only a minute or so.

  • A tingling sensation around the area being needled and is generally described as being pleasant.

  • An electrical type sensation that runs up or down the body part being treated and lasts only a few seconds, it is often described as a light jolt.

  • A warm sensation that surrounds the area being treated, this is generally described as being very relaxing.

All of the sensations listed are mild and transient and do not cause pain and when you experience these sensations you are literally feeling acupuncture working. 


Q: Are you in safe hands when you have acupuncture treatment, by a registered acupuncturist.

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 In a word, yes. In fact, in experienced and qualified hands acupuncture is one of the safest medical procedures available.

The results of two independent surveys published in a British Medical Journal in September of 2001 showed the risk of serious adverse reactions occurring from acupuncture treatment is less than 1 in 10,000.

Another survey in 2003 produced almost identical results. Occasionally you may experience mild bruising at an acupuncture point or mild dizziness or slight tiredness. However these are very transient symptoms and are likely to be short lived.

You are in safe hands when you choose acupuncture treatment from a qualified, registered and experienced acupuncturist.



Q: What qualifications do acupuncturists have.


Registered acupuncturists have completed a four year degree or its equivalent in traditional acupuncture including substantial elements of Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, biochemistry, pharmacology, counselling differential diagnosis, microbiology and more. Acupuncturists in many countries around the world, including Australia, must be registered and licensed with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) which is responsible for the registration of all health care practitioners, such as Doctors, physiotherapists, dentists and so on.


During the consultation.


Your acupuncturist will record all relevant details of your health condition and medical history before acupuncture treatment commences.

Occasionally, based on this information your acupuncturist may refer you to your GP for further medical treatments or investigations.


 During treatment.


Your acupuncturist uses pre-sterilized single use needles which are safely disposed of after your treatment and all treatments are carried out in line with professional standards which have been developed in conjunction with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) codes of safe practice and professional conduct and the Chinese Medicine registration Board of Australia (CMRBA) and in all cases have also been approved by local government authority environmental health officers and all acupuncturists have full medical insurance cover.


Q: Why choose treatment at Acu-Care Naturopathics ?


At Acu-Care Naturopathics, Paul Neilson is an experienced, qualified and registered Acupuncturist, Naturopath, Remedial therapist and Bowen therapist.

This combination of therapies can enhance your acupuncture treatment and can make a dramatic difference in treating your condition.

A multi modality approach to your presenting complaint can mean faster longer lasting results than would have otherwise been achieved using a single approach.

Because I work from a home based office, I am able to keep consultation fee’s low and affordable and also offers a warm and friendly environment where you will experience one of the worlds most popular natural medical systems.

After hours treatment options for busy working people.

Many times patients have chronic health conditions which require a longer treatment time or / and the addition of other therapies such as cupping or trigger point dry needling, Bowen therapy ect, at Acu-Care Naturopathics there are no additional charges for going over time or the use of additional therapies which can save you hundreds of dollars if multiple appointments are required for a chronic condition.

 Acu-Care Naturopathics is open 7 days per week and after hours appointments are available.



Q: I am seeing my doctor about various health issues, Should I tell him/her I am planning to have acupuncture ?

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It is generally not necessary to inform your doctor that you are having acupuncture treatment. However, if you have recently had surgery or are being scheduled for surgery, or if you are currently taking several different types of medication, or are being treated for a current health issue by your GP, it may be a good idea to inform your doctor that you are planning to have acupuncture.

Successful acupuncture treatment can often result in the patient being able to reduce or completely stop taking their prescribed medication, (depending on the illness). This should never be done without first consulting your GP and should always be done with their guidance.


Q: How many acupuncture treatments will I need ?

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This depends completely on your presenting complaint and whether it is acute or chronic. On odd occasions 1 or 2 acupuncture treatments may be all you need, however for more chronic conditions a series of acupuncture treatment sessions are generally required. This is normally 10-12 treatments to resolve a chronic condition.

It is impossible to say how any individual will respond to treatment. Typically a chronic condition may require 2 to 3 appointments for 1 to 2 weeks in order to get your symptoms under control and then weekly appointments for a further month or possibly longer. Again depending on the severity of your complaint and how long you have had it.


Other factors to take into account are:

  • your age

  • how long you have had the condition

  • whether you can avoid the activity that has caused your condition

  • whether your condition is acute or chronic

  • your general state of health

  • whether you follow instructions on diet, lifestyle, exercise regimes, taking supplements (if applicable) and keeping appointments

Your progress will be much faster if you follow the instructions given and keep your appointments.



Q: What type of needles are used for acupuncture treatment?


 Sterilized, ultra fine, single use, disposable needles are used in acupuncture practice, these needles are specifically designed for acupuncture. Acupuncture needles do not in any way resemble a hypodermic needle that may be used by your GP.

In fact with some of the finer gauge needles that are used in acupuncture treatment,  means the person receiving treatment usually doesn’t even feel the needle penetrate the skin, in fact after a few minutes the majority of patients forget the needles are even in place.


Q: What health problems  can acupuncture help with?

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When the majority of people think about making an appointment to see an acupuncturist they do so generally because of an injury they have sustained whilst doing their favourite sport, or perhaps by doing routine tasks at work, or just that old nagging injury you’ve had that seemed to develop out of nowhere and won’t go away.

However one of the most common questions that an acupuncturist is asked is “what can acupuncture treat”?

Firstly the acupuncturist will not make a distinction between you and your illness and would aim to improve your whole health, 

However, commonly back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, sciatica, wrist, arm, leg, knee pain and headaches are the most common complaints that are regularly treated with acupuncture.

 As with any form of medicine acupuncture cannot reverse tissue damage for example it cannot reverse any muscle wasting or bone deformities that have already occurred in the body.

 acupuncture is not limited to treating only pain syndromes. We also regularly treat many health conditions which include: hormonal issues such as: menopause and irregular and painful menstruation, digestive complaints of all types, including IBS and IBD, bell’s palsy, anxiety and a wide array of urinary issues are also ailments treated at Acu-Care Naturopathics.


As a natural form of healing, acupuncture has the following benefits:


  • Acupuncture is a holistic treatment: drug-free.

  • Acupuncture is a time honoured medical system that dates back at least 2000 years and is suitable for a wide array of health issues both acute and chronic that can be used to compliment your current medical treatment or as a suitable alternative to conventional medicine.


Regardless of your medically diagnosed condition acupuncture and natural medicine has something to offer.

If you would like to find out if acupuncture can help your health and wellbeing then call, 94781415 or email us via our contact page to discuss your requirements or to find out more about acupuncture please go to our FAQs page. Alternatively give acupuncture a try and make an appointment now.

 Best of health

Paul Neilson L.Ac CMP. ND. DHM.

Acu-Care Naturopathics is central for the suburbs listed below.

Ascot. Ashfield. Bassendean. Bayswater. Beechboro. Belmont. Bentley. Burswood. Cannington. Carlisle. Como. Dianella. East Perth. Forrestfield. Guildford. Highgate. Highwycombe. Inglewood. Kalamunda. Kewdale.  Lathlain. Leederville. Lesmurdie. Maylands. Midland. Morley. Mt Lawley. Noranda. North Perth. Perth. Redcliffe. Rivervale. South Perth. St James. Subiaco. Welshpool. West Perth. Tuart Hill. Victoria park. vic park

Best of health

Paul Neilson. CMP. L.Ac. DHM. ND. RT















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