Frequently Asked Questions

How many acupuncture treatments will I need?

This is dependent on many factors including how long you’ve had a condition and how complex it is. Fraser will discuss with you the expected treatment course. However, it is important to note everyone is unique and can respond at different rates to treatment.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Probably the most popular question in the clinic for acupuncture newbies! In short, many patients will report a referred buzzing, warm or dull-heavy sensation upon insertion, which only lasts momentarily. Other patients will report they do not feel anything at all, other than a deep sense of relaxation and stillness. If you are sensitive to treatment and do feel any discomfort, Fraser will reduce the ‘volume’ of the point being stimulated to ensure you’re relaxed and comfortable throughout the treatment.

Is there a guaranteed or reliable timeline I will get better?

After working with many complex cases over the years, it has become clear that there is no set timeline for symptoms or conditions faced in the clinic. In general, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine is dose dependant, and the dose depends on how chronic and complex the condition is. However, many patients often report relief after their initial acupuncture treatment or 1 week on a Chinese herbal formula.

How does acupuncture work?

Based on Chinese medicine thinking, acupuncture works by tapping into specific points along the channel pathways of the body. By stimulating these points, the vital Qi is moved, providing balance and restoring normal physiology. From a scientific understanding, the exact mechanism of acupuncture is still being studied. However, acupuncture has demonstrated to effect hormones, inflammatory markers, the immune and nervous system, and neurotransmitters, providing pain relieving potential.

Does acupuncture cause bruising?

Bruising can sometimes happen if you are prone to bruising or are taking blood thinners such as warfarin or aspirin. However, bruising is very rare in the clinic and is not a safety concern if it does occur.

Can I claim with my health fund?

Health fund rebates apply for all available health fund providers. Please check with your health fund if you are covered for acupuncture. Eligible claims are made on the day and the balance is paid using your preferred payment method. Health funds do not cover the cost of supplements or Chinese herbs.

How should I prepare for my treatment?

Please always ensure you have consumed some fluids and a meal or snack at least 2 hours prior to your acupuncture treatment. It is advisable not to consume coffee prior to your consultation, as this can alter the pulse and effect your Chinese medicine diagnosis. During your treatment, acupuncture is often performed around the arms and legs, so please wear loose comfortable clothing which can be easily pushed up to the elbow and knee level.

If prescribed herbs, how long will I need to take these?

Similar to acupuncture treatments, this is dependent on the severity, complexity and chronicity of your condition. Some patients may only require 1-2 weeks, whilst others may need to stay on their herbs for months! Fraser will explain to the likely treatment course, but there are no guarantees as everyone is different and responds at different rates.

How do I take my Chinese herbs?

Your Chinese herbs are very easy to prepare as they are in a powdered extract form. These are simply measured out with a spoon given to you and dissolved in boiling water. Typically, Chinese herbs are taken morning and night before meals, but alterations will be given for medications, work and lifestyle, or for acute conditions like a cold or flu.

Do Chinese herbs taste bad?

Some taste great, others not so much. It’s important to remember that Chinese herbs are used to address your primary symptoms of concern, therefore taste is not the priority.

What responsibility do I have in my treatments?

It essential that you follow the recommendations given during your consultation and treatment. This includes following suggested dietary lifestyle changes and being disciplined in taking any prescribed supplements or Chinese herbal formulas, if prescribed to you. Being consistent in your health efforts is important in achieving optimal outcomes.

Is there a cancellation fee?

Cancellations of a consultation or treatment within 24 hours will incur a 50% charge of the total service fee. The invoice will be sent to your email.

Are treatments covered under Medicare or with a GP referral?

As of 2023, acupuncture is not covered by medicare or GP referral, however our professional associations are currently lobbying to have acupuncture covered under the national medicare scheme.

For any other queries regarding our services, please don’t hesitate to reach out

The Way Of Water Acuopuncture logo

Ancient Waters Acupuncture

& Chinese Medicine

Shop 1 146-152 Fern Street, Gerringong NSW 2534


Lancaster Drive, Cambewarra NSW 2540




0422 303 241

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