Frequently Asked Questions



Q. Is acupuncture safe?

A. When a properly trained and experienced practitioner gives treatment acupuncture is very safe, side effects are extremely rare.


Q. Does it hurt?

A. Acupuncture is pain free,there are some sensations felt on some points like tingling, warmth, heaviness or lightness around the point, this is normal and no cause for concern. Many people fall asleep during their treatment feeling very relaxed and free from worry.


Q. What can acupuncture do for me?

A. Apart from resolving specific health problems acupuncture also has the beneficial effects of regulating blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, regulating hormones and enhancing immune function, these are some of the positive side effects of acupuncture treatment.


Q. After a series of treatment, do I still need more acupuncture?

A. Sometimes people do need to come back for follow up treatment but this is usually monthly to ensure the health benefits of acupuncture are maintained. Most patients are happy to return monthly for maintenance treatment.


Q. What side effects are possible with acupuncture?

A. Although rare, fainting can happen with some people, if you have a history of fainting, low blood pressure or dizzy spells it is a good idea to inform your practitioner. A bruise can appear at the site where you have been needled, this is minor and disappears completely after a few days.


Q. Are the needles sterile?

A. All needles used at this practice are single use, pre-sterilised and disposable. Using appropriate measures such as quality, sterile needles, ensures your safety.


Q. What do the needles look like?

A. Acupuncture needles are very fine, so much finer than a hyperdermic needle which you may have seen, this is why acupuncture is not a painful procedure.


Q. How long is a treatment?

A. The initial consultation is approximately one and a half hours which includes a thorough analysis of your problem and treatment, subsequent treatments last anywhere from 40 minutes to one hour.


Q. Can I claim rebates from my health fund for acupuncture treatment?

A. Most health funds allow rebates for acupuncture when it is given by a thoroughly trained professional who is a member of an appropriate professional body. Check to see if the plan you are on covers acupuncture treatment.



If you have any other question or concerns, you can contact Ray Ford or email admin@rayfordacupuncture.com.au on (02) 9954 3342 for more information.