How does acupuncture work?

Scientific testing has proven the existence of our body’s channels (or ‘meridians’) and the individual points that have the least resistance to electrical or ‘chi’ flow. If there is obstruction in this system of channels, imbalance, pain and disease can occur. Activating specific individual points removes the obstruction and a healthy flow returns.

What is the difference between Chinese and Japanese acupuncture?

Japanese and Chinese acupuncture share the basic principles of channels (or ‘meridians’). Kathy Wang uses Chinese acupuncture needles for Japanese acupuncture treatments. The difference is in her approach. The stimulation in Japanese acupuncture is gentler. Afraid of needles? Then Kathy’s Japanese acupuncture is for you.

Is acupuncture the same as dry needling?

Acupuncture and dry needling use the same needles, but have distinctly different approaches. Dry needling only assists with musculoskeletal issues and focuses on the symptom. The needle is penetrated into the muscle, inactivating trigger points by causing localized hemorrhaging in the area of pain. Acupuncture focuses on both symptom and underlying cause. The needle activates meridians in the body and treats many health conditions beyond pain relief.

What is cosmetic acupuncture?

Cosmetic acupuncture is being embraced worldwide as the healthy, non-surgical alternative to Botox – though its been used for centuries in China and other parts of Asia. By using acupuncture on specific points on the face (also can be used on the neck and hands) collagen is created under the skin. In line with traditional acupuncture, cosmetic acupuncture embraces a natural holistic approach. More on cosmetic acupuncture

Is acupuncture painful?

Acupuncture needles are 25-50 times thinner than a hypodermic needle. And gentle acupuncture is Kathy Wang’s specialty. You may feel a dull ache or a tingling sensation at most. Some feel nothing at all. Most find our acupuncture treatments relaxing and enjoyable.

What is cupping?

Cups are placed on the skin creating a partial vacuum through suction. The suction mobilizes blood flow to promote healing. It is a highly effective way to remove obstruction in the median system of channels (see How does acupuncture work?) Many diseases, pains and ailments occur because blood is unable to reach certain parts of the body. Cupping draws the blood to reach these areas.

What is moxibustion?

Moxibustion is often used in conjunction with acupuncture, using heat to stimulate specific points on the body. Essentially, moxa herbs are bunt to create the heat. A cone of moxa may be placed on the point. Or a cigar-shaped moxa stick is held near to the point. It can be safely and effectively used for almost anyone.

What are Chinese herbs?

Chinese herbology is a large portion of traditional Chinese medicine. Your herbal medicine prescription may be a mixture of substances tailored to your particular needs. Kathy Wang dispenses a choice tablets, powders and raw herbs, depending on your health and preference.

How long are Kathy Wang’s acupuncture treatments?

Initial treatments are an hour. Subsequent sessions could be 30-minutes. However, this depends on what’s best for you and your body. 30-minute treatments are recommended when you only need a treatment on one side of your body (front or back). Both sides require one hour.

How many treatments will I need?

It depends on your health issue. But after the initial consultation with Kathy Wang will recommend what will be best for you. Some of our clients have had complete symptom relief after one treatment. However, Kathy specialises in genuine recovery for good health long-term. Therefore, more treatments are likely to achieve this aim. Fertility treatments may require weekly treatment until conception occurs.

Does Kathy work in collaboration with other health experts?

If you have another health practitioner – GP, IVF specialist, chiro, physio, skin specialists, etc ­– Kathy Wang would be delighted to work with them to get the best health result for you.

When is Tao Acupuncture open?

Clinic hours:

Mon: 9am-3pm
Tue: 9am-6.30pm
Wed: closed
Thu: 9-6.30pm

Fri: 9am-3pm

Sat: 8am-4pm
Sun: closed

How much do acupuncture treatments cost?

30-minute treatment: $80

1-hour treatment: $120

Health rebates may apply

Note: Initial treatments are 1-hour

Do health rebates apply?

It depends on your private health cover. Many Australian insurance companies list acupuncture under their Extra policies. Check with your insurance company to find out.

How do I make a booking?

Call: 08 9388 9188 or kathy@taoacupuncture.com.au