Acupuncture Auckland

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If you are looking for a natural and effective treatment method acupuncture is for you. Acupuncture can fully treat or lessen the symptoms of a large number of conditions ranging from musculoskeletal problems (injuries, back pain, sciatica, neck pain, sports injuries, shoulder pain, chronic pain, any type of pain), acupuncture is effective for stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, digestive problems, fertility, sinusitis, headaches and many more conditions. 

Dean Wickenden is an expert acupuncturist and Chinese medicine practitioner. Dean works for an acupuncture clinic in Albany, North Shore Auckland.

Frequently asked questions about acupuncture?

What is acupuncture?


Acupuncture is an external therapy that is part of traditional Chinese medicine. Thin acupuncture needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points on the body to affect the qi of the individual

How does acupuncture work?

The traditional Chinses medicine (TCM) perspective


An underlying principle of TCM is that illness and pain occur when the body’s qi, yin or yang, energy is out of balance. All the methods within TCM aim to bring these energies into harmony and balance. 
Acupuncture needles are inserted into specific points on the body which are often located on meridians (energy channels). The acupuncturist will then contact the qi of the person and manipulate the needle using specific needle techniques for the desired outcome. For example, if someone has insomnia and stress a needle technique to lower and vent excessive energy will be used. Afterwards, the person would feel very calm and relaxed, on the other hand, if someone was suffering from muscle pain caused by ashi points ( trigger points) a different needle technique would be used to break up the qi blockage causing the pain. For full power good quality acupuncture, it is indispensable for the acupuncture practitioner to have a solid qi practice such as qi qigong. If the practitioner cannot control the qi in his or herself, they will not be able to affect the qi of the client. Without qi, acupuncture is just sticking a needle into a body.

How does acupuncture work scientifically?

While science is yet to fully understand acupuncture there is some good research being done on it. The latest science behind acupuncture shows that acupuncture affects the somatosensory system this is the sensory system that is concerned with the conscious perception of touch, pain, pressure, temperature, vibration, and the autonomic nervous system which includes the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, and a part of the brain called the homunculus this is part of the brain that is like a neurological map of the body it sends and receives nerve signals throughout the body. Basically, by inserting acupuncture needles in specific points it sends signals to the brain and the brain sends signals to the body through neural pathways and depending on what points are stimulated and the type of stimulation different effects will occur in the nervous system.


Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is safe when practised by a qualified, good quality practitioner who knows what they are doing. The average training to become an acupuncturist is three to four years of full-time study. It can be unsafe when people are not trained well by quality teachers. It is a great idea to research the training and experience of the practitioner. 
Many people claim to do acupuncture when they have only done a two-day dry needling course for example many physiotherapists. This is misleading and can be very unsafe especially for people with underlying health conditions. 

Does acupuncture hurt?

When the needle goes in you will feel a little pricking sensation and often you do not feel anything at all this is because the needles are ultra-thin. After the acupuncture needle is inserted you may feel nothing or a sensation like warmth, movement, tingling, a mild or strong electrical current. Acupuncture treatments can vary depending on the individual client’s condition, constitution, emotions, and energy levels, treatments can range from very gentle to strong. Your acupuncturist needs to be able to judge and communicate this. 


How do you feel after acupuncture, does acupuncture hurt after treatment?

It depends on the acupuncture treatment, you could feel super relaxed like floating on a cloud, more warmth, energy and vitality, a feeling of lightness, a feeling of stability and being grounded, increased clarity of mind and a brighter vision, tied and wiped out, dull sore muscles like you had a workout at the gym these are the most common feelings after an acupuncture session. A good acupuncture practitioner will be able to design a treatment plan and pick how you will feel afterwards and to be able to communicate this to you.


How many acupuncture treatments are needed?

It varies depending on the condition being treated and the severity. It is common to receive 1 to 12 treatments. Generally, after 4 treatments you should notice an improvement.

How to find a good acupuncturist?


There are many different styles and systems of acupuncture, the most authentic and effective is classical traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture. It is important to find an acupuncture practitioner with a good heart and compassion. For full strength acupuncture, the practitioner must have a good qi practice (qi gong, tai chi) to be able to affect the qi with the needle. The practitioner should have experience and expertise, great communication and listening skills these are some of the essential qualities.

Dry needling versus acupuncture?

Dry needling is based on acupuncture, it is a very basic form of acupuncture used to treat muscular-skeletal conditions. Acupuncture is a complete system that relates to traditional Chinese medicine and is used to treat a wide range of health issues. The typical training for dry needling in New Zealand is two to four days compared to three to four years of training to become an acupuncturist.

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