Frequently Asked Questions

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Acupuncture is very safe when practised by a qualified practitioner.  Acupuncture NZ practitioners are required to meet entry requirements that include training in acupuncture and western medical sciences appropriate to the practice of acupuncture.  They also complete continuing education programmes in order to maintain quality standards of care. 

At Nikau all practitioners are registered with a professional governing body.

How many treatments will I need?

Generally between 4 and 8 treatments constitutes a typical course, with treatment being provided 1 to 3 times per week.  Treatment times range from 30 mins to 1hour.  The initial consultation is longer as the practitioner completes the case history  and diagnosis.
In acute or early stages of an illness, quick and dramatic results can often be achieved.  When an illness is more chronic it may require an extended period of treatment.
Often clients also come in for seasonal attunements, post stress rebalance, acute injury and general wellbeing. 

The goal of treatment is to restore balance, health and wellness, also to enable you to maintain balance with advice about how to lead a balanced life.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Most new patients are amazed how painless acupuncture can be.  However, when the correct stimulis of the needle has been obtained the patient may feel some heaviness, distention, tingling or electric sensation either around the needle or travelling up or down the affected meridian.

How do imbalances occur?

The flow of Qi in the meridians can become imbalanced through a number of factors including lifestyle, poor nutrition, genetic predisposition, overwork, weather and environmental conditions, emotional imbalance,  trauma, stress and infections.

What should I do after treatment?

Acupuncture changes the state of energy of the body, affecting nerves and blood vessels as well as the tone within the muscles.  It is best to avoid heavy physical activity following a treatment.  Avoidance of alcohol is also recommended.

When can I expect an improvement?

Occasionally you may notice a brief worsening of the symptoms prior to an improvement.  More commonly there is relief from the first or second treatment and this is consolidated with progressive treatments.

Is acupuncture suitable for me?

Yes.  Anyone will derive benefits of acupuncture.  Patient age ranges from new-born to well into the nineties.  Acupuncture is used safely and effectively in pediatric care. It is common for children below the age of four to be treated with acupressure, tuning forks or laser acupuncture rather than needles.  In addition to being used for illness it is used as a preventative treatment. 

What should I do before treatment?

Please restrict food intake within an hour of your appointment as the process of digestion will alter the pattern of your acupuncture pulse.  Also avoid alcohol and food or drinks (such as coffee) immediately prior to treatment as these can change the colour of your tongue (which is used diagnostically).

How will I feel after acupuncture?

Acupuncture is deeply relaxing and calming.  Occasionally you may feel tired for a few hours if the treatment has been particularly strong.  Occasionally  there may be a short term flair up of your symptoms as your Qi clears and rebalances itself.

If i'm taking medication what should I do?

As the body rebalances optimum dosage levels may need to change.  Please consult with your prescribing practitioner regarding any changes. 

Cancellation Policy:

Individual practitioners at Nikau Room have their own cancellation policies. You will be informed by them at your initial consultation.  Please realise that your practitioner is likely to be very busy and may be running a wait list of people for appointments.  Please give 24 hours notice to your practitioner of cancellation or your need to postpone your consultaiton.