Frequently Asked Questions
What is Chinese Medicine and how does it work?
Chinese Medicine is the traditional form of medicine in China and has been used and developed for thousands of years and is still widely used today, both in China and all over the world. On a basic level the body is comprised of energy and when that energy is not flowing correctly it causes pain and interupts the correct functioning of the body. Through a number of different mediums (such as herbal medicine, acupuncture, cupping, massage and moxabustion) we work with the energetic system of the body to establish the correct flow.
Will Acupuncture hurt?/Needles scare me.
Needles used for acupuncture are very thin, generally .3mm in diameter and are not hollow. Dr Noonan has worked with a number of patients that have anxieties related to needles and has developed a very gentle and understanding technique to maximize patient comfort without compromizing effectiveness. The needle sensation from acupuncture is different for different people, but on average there is at most a mild pinching sensation when the needle is inserted. Following this can be a sensation such as tingling, warmth or a mild ache which indicates a strong reaction between the needle and the energetic system of the body, but all sensations are closely monitored.
Is it safe?
Yes, Dr Noonan follows all proper procedues for maintaining a clean field and always uses disposable needles which are disposed of after one use.
How many treatments will I need?
This is difficult to quantify, many acute problems can be cleared up in just a couple of sessions. Other chronic problems will take a number of treatments over an extended period of time. You can get an estimate in your initial consultation, but it is an estimate only and will depend on how your body responds to the treatments.
Is there anything I should do before my session?
Whilst understanding that life can be difficult at times, there are a few things you can do to try and maximize your treatment sessions. Try not to eat more than a light snack or drink caffinated drinks before arriving, and do not drink alcohol or fast yourself. Try not to be stressed out, and avoid scraping or otherwise cleaning your tongue coating as it is used in diagnosis.