Acupuncture FAQ

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is part of the Chinese Traditional Medicine. It is an ancient system of healing and has been continuously refined during its 4500 year history. Today it is widely practiced in the West. The popularity is growing over the time. In New Zealand, ACC spent $24 million on acupuncture in 2014 compared to $4.4m in the past decade.

Why does Acupuncture works better then pain killer?

Anti-inflammatory agents such as Ibuprofen are commonly used to manage pain and inflammation related to musculoskeletal disorders. The concern is that in trying to control swelling with drugs, we may actually impede the bodies' natural response to heal. There are also potential side effects that can occur from anti-inflammatory agents such as stomach ulcer, kidney failure and increase risk of heart attack. Acupuncture is a natural remedy that can reduce inflammation and therefore relieve pain successfully. More importantly, acupuncture helps facilitate recovery by accessing energy pathways called meridians. The placement of the acupuncture needles on these pathways improves energy flow, which speeds healing. Acupuncture is also a great treatment for chronic injuries like tendonitis, bursitis and arthritis. The treatment principle is more holistic and individualized; the approach of treatment is to restore energy in order to support healing, therefore great method for weak people or elderly.

How many treatments?

The number of treatments can vary: 3 to 6 treatments for acute conditions; usually 10 or more treatments for chronic conditions. In short, the sooner you have the treatment, the less treatment you need. If you are covered by ACC, in general 10 to 16 treatments are given depends on your GP diagnosis.

When can I go for acupuncture after injury?

It is always a good practice to visit GPs first because for severe injury which you often need to have x-ray done. Otherwise, the sooner you have the acupuncture done, the less treatment you will require because prolonged inflammation encourages formation of scar tissues which is more stubborn to treat. It is absolutely good idea to have acupuncture after surgery because it is not only help to recover faster but also help to gain back the range of movement closed to what it was naturally.

Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture FAQ

Why by putting needles on your face helps to improve the skin condition?

To add a new question go to app settings and press "Manage Questions" button.The insertion of tiny needles into the facial tissue increases blood and lymphatic circulation in the area which will improve the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the skin. When the circulation is increased, the collagen production is also increased which will give the skin more tightness and elasticity helping to fill out the fine lines, soften deeper wrinkles and lift and firm the skin. The increased circulation also rehydrates the skin by stimulating the sweat and sebaceous glands and helps exfoliation by encouraging the proliferation of new skin cells. Placing acupuncture needles into muscles in the face also helps to take away that “stressed” look by relaxing facial muscles. A 1996 report in the international Journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that among 300 cases treated with Cosmetic Acupuncture*, 98% had marked effects with one course of treatment. The effects included: skin becoming more delicate and fair improvement of the elasticity of facial muscles diminished wrinkles healthier complexion overall rejuvenation *Zhang Qi and Zhu Lan-xiu (1996). Meridional Cosmetology: Report of 300 Cases with Discussion of Underlying Mechanism. International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture, Vol 7, No 4.

Why Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture is the best option for facial rejuvenation?

Your skin is a reflection of your inner health Conventional cosmetic therapies only treat your outer skin without addressing the root causes of any skin concerns. This provides only short term, temporary benefits. Cosmetic acupuncture works directly on your skin but also addresses any internal conditions which may be affecting your appearance. This is holistic skincare which is much more effective with longer lasting results. You will also benefit from an improvement in your general health and well-being. Long lasting and natural looking effects with easy maintenance As mentioned above, the treatment is a holistic approaches that duel with your inner health which treats the root causes of your skin problems that will eventually make you “Looking Good and Feeling Great!”. To maintain the result, most people may only need one single treatment every 1 – 3 months. It is natural and safe without bad side effects Unlike cosmetic surgery, no product will be injected to your skin. All we use only fine needles, natural essential oil and natural topical herbal mask. It is a natural beauty therapy method which had been and still widely being used in China since centuries ago till now. It is getting more popular in the western world especially among the celebrities. Cost effective treatment for facial rejuvenation At a fraction of the cost of other procedures, Cosmetic Acupuncture is a sound alternative that can restore your radiant glow both inside and out.

What happens during a treatment?

A comprehensive history of your health will be taken. Your face will be diagnosed using Ruri Face Diagnosis. Like iridology reads the eyes, Ruri Face Diagnosis involves reading your face to revel health problems in your body. Faces will always age according to corresponding problems in the body, so it is important to correctly diagnose your face before beginning treatment. Healing acupuncture needles will then be placed in your body in order to correct the imbalances that are causing the aging in your face. Very fine acupuncture needles are then inserted into the appropriate areas of your face using special techniques designed to maximize the treatment results. For best results, body acupuncture will be performed within the same session, about 8 to 10 acupuncture points will be needled according to your personal health conditions. The needles are left in place for about 20 minutes and after removal you will receive a relaxing facial massage using 100% pure rosehip oil. You may receive skin care, lifestyle and dietary advice as part of your treatment.

What does the acupuncture feel like?

You will not feel most of the needles being inserted. With some of the needles you may feel a small prick when the needle is first inserted, once the needle is in place you will feel no pain at all. People often report feeling a pleasant warm, tingling sensation, and many people relax and go to sleep during treatments.

How many treatments will I need?

For best results twice weekly treatments over 8 weeks are recommended. This very much depends on your current skin conditions and age, women below 30 years old may require less treatment.

How soon can I expect to see results?

With each treatment you will notice your face looks fresher, your skin tone is tighter, your pores are minimized and your eyes sparkle. Softening of lines generally begins after 4 -5 weeks of treatment, as this is how long it takes for new collagen to be produced and for your skin cells to be renewed.

Are there any risks or side effects? Can anyone have Cosmetic Acupuncture?

The main side effect is looking and feeling great especially from the body acupuncture, it relax your body and improve your energy level. There is small risk of slight bruising that will fade as a normal bruise would fade. For this reason Cosmetic Acupuncture is not recommended for those on blood thinning medications such as Warfarin, Heparin and Aspirin. Cosmetic Acupuncture is also not suitable for those with very high blood pressure, severe migraines (we can treat these 2 conditions effectively with body acupuncture first before any cosmetic acupuncture), or during pregnancy.


Topical Herbal Mask FAQ

What are the 12 Cosmetic Topical Herbs?

Traditional Chinese Herbs

  • Angelica
  • Coptis
  • Gingko
  • Ginseng
  • Green Tea
  • Hawthorn Berry
  • Horsetail
Western Herbs
  • Calendula
  • Horse
  • Chestnut
  • Olive Leaf
  • Rosehip
Traditional Ayurvedic Herb
  • Gotu Kola


Male & Female Reproductive Health/IVF Support FAQ

How long should I wait before seeking for help?

1. As soon as you have decided to have baby or after 3 months you have tried to conceive without any luck. Acupuncture is a natural noninvasive therapy; it is a wellbeing treatment you can start any time you like, the sooner the better. I have clients came to have treatment before they try to conceive as soon as they came out of contraceptive to ensure the reproductive system is in the tiptop condition for healthy pregnancy, this usually provides good results. 2. After you have been thru the investigation & diagnosed as infertile but still wish to conceive naturally. Most of the clients seek for acupuncture treatment after they have consulted the Gynecologist after they were diagnosed as infertile due to different conditions such as PCOS, low ovarian reserve (low AMH) or endometriosis for female whereas low sperm count or motility for male. Usually, they will be recommended for IVF which is a very costly procedure with relatively low success rate. It is also very exhausting and emotional experience for the mother to go thru. It always a good idea to try acupuncture first before IVF because it is natural, cost effective, high success rate where the whole process is very relaxing and feeling good. 3. After you have decided to go for IVF. A lot women thought having two treatments on the day of embryo transfer are sufficient to increase the chance of pregnancy. It probably work but I still strongly advise to have it as early as possible, you should start the treatment 3 months ahead the IVF for the best results because it takes time for your body to response from the treatment to regulate the hormone productions which are essential for producing the good quality egg, followed by ovulation, then forming of appropriate thickness of uterus lining before the embryo transfer. After that, the acupuncture treatment is more focus on to introduce good blood flow to the lining ensure the growth of embryo, of course it is extremely important to calm your mind all the way till the pregnancy sustains more then 12 weeks, at the same time, acupuncture is very helpful for the morning sickness as well so that you can continue to eat well and rest well to stabilise the pregnancy towards second trimester.

How does Acupuncture improve fertility?

1. Regulate the hormones level that responsible from ovulation to pregnancy phases. 2. Increases blood flow to ovaries improving egg quality & quantity means more healthy embryos formed which can survive & frozen. 3. Increase blood flow to the uterine lining to provide a good environment for embryo growth. 4. To relax your mind & side effects from hormone injections i.e. bloating & nausea.