Acupuncture is an ancient healing practice that is fast becoming an integral part of mainstream medicine worldwide. In China, where acupuncture originated over 3,000 years ago, acupuncture is fully integrated within the hospital system.

In New Zealand, ACC supports the use of acupuncture as it alleviates pain, speeds healing and enables people to resume normal activities sooner. Western medicine typically relies on pain and anti-inflammatory medications, which are helpful, but often doesn’t resolve the issue.

Acupuncture is a drug-free treatment that addresses many health issues during pregnancy, and is used to physically and emotionally prepare women for labour, and it can be used for natural induction. Fertility Associates make acupuncture available in their clinics for clients before and after fertility procedures. Research shows that acupuncture improves fertility outcomes significantly: http://www.acupunctureivf.com.au/pages/research_and_reviews.php

At Aroha Acupuncture, we successfully treat men and women with a diverse range of health conditions; migraines/headaches, hay fever, sinusitis, colds and flu’s, frozen shoulders, neck and shoulder pain, knee and low back pain, sciatica, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, prostate & menopausal problems, menstrual pain, irregular periods, infertility, post operation recovery, side effects of cancer treatments, stroke recovery, accident recovery, jaw tightness, depression and anxiety.

Acupuncture is also great for de-stressing and relaxation. Many clients book in for monthly wellbeing treatments for relaxation and rejuvenation. They often say it’s relaxing like a massage, but without the pain that can arise through deep tissue massage. They also like the lasting health benefits, often noticing improvements in their sleep patterns, digestion and energy levels.

One of the main barriers to people receiving acupuncture is the thought of needles, and the trauma associated with the large hypodermic needles that doctors commonly use. In comparison acupuncture needles are extremely fine, pre-sterilised, used only once. Insertion by a qualified practitioner is usually painless. Sensations that may be felt range from warm and tingly, to dull and heavy and do not last long. Most clients quickly become deeply relaxed and some even fall asleep during treatment!

In New Zealand, registered acupuncturists must complete a 4 year tertiary course of study, so when looking for an acupuncturist, make sure that you choose one that is fully qualified, and is a member of a professional body such as the NZ Register of Acupuncturists – www.acupuncture.org.nz

Belinda Falconar, BHSc(Acupuncture), Dip Tuina & Qigong,

Council Member of NZ Register of Acupuncturists,

ACC Treatment Provider