Many people who are new to acupuncture have common questions regarding the complemetary therapy of acupuncture.
Dr Shana Tam answers your most frequently asked questions.
How does acupuncture work?
Traditionally, acupuncture was believed to work by re-balancing the energy flowing through various ‘meridians’ in the body. Now, with the progression of science and technology, we know that inserting needles into the skin stimulates nerve endings within the skin and the underlying tissues. These signals are transmitted through the spinal cord to the brain which responds in many ways. Pain-relieving chemicals similar to endorphins get released, blood flow is increased where the needles are inserted, plus numerous other complicated cell chemistry changes.
I am a regular blood donor. Can I still donate blood if I have acupuncture?
You should inform the blood transfusion centre that you have had acupuncture. There is no reason why you cannot donate blood as the risk of blood borne infections from acupuncture is negligible due to the use of single use disposable needles. Upon request, we can provide certificates of attendance for our clients.
Can I have acupuncture if I take blood-thinning medication such as warfarin or apixaban ?
With warfarin, as long as your INR is stable and within the therapeutic range for your condition, it is safe to have acupuncture . Please tell us your latest INR value when you attend.
This is not an issue if you take one of the newer medications that does not require regular blood test monitoring.
Will the treatment be painful?
The needles we use are very fine gauge, about the thickness of a strand of hair. Usually the client experiences a ‘ pushing sensation’, rather than any discomfort. We aim to make our treatments as enjoyable as possible.