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Will I need more than one consultation?

You will need a minimum of two consultations. Your first consultation will involve reviewing your medical history, undertaking an initial treatment, as well as discussing a treatment plan. Your second consultation will involve a more thorough treatment.


Further consultations are determined on how quickly your body responds and what you require treatment for. To see what Chinese medicine can help with, look under the treatments section.

Is acupuncture covered by health insurance?

Yes. Acupuncture treatments with Tempe Simmons are claimable with all major health funds. Check with your health fund to make sure your level of cover also covers acupuncture treatments. The refund you can claim is dependent on the type and level of cover you have. A quick call to your health insurance provider will give you the answer. 

Does acupuncture hurt?

Very fine needles in conjunction with gentle technique means there is often no or minimal sensation of needle insertion. Common sensations when the needle has accessed the acupuncture point include a slight heaviness or tingling felt around the point.   

How long are acupuncture needles left in for?

Needles are typically left in for 20 to 30 minutes.  

Will I have to disrobe? 

Generally you will not have to disrobe during acupuncture treatment other than removing socks and shoes. Areas to be needled will need to be accessed, however this can usually be done with minimal exposure. In some instances such as treating the back, the removal of clothing may be necessary but you will always be effectively draped for your modesty.  

How will I feel during and after an acupuncture treatment?

Acupuncture is usually very relaxing and calming on the system, many patients finding they fall asleep during treatment.  It is common to feel a little tired or drowsy after an acupuncture treatment, especially for the first few sessions while the body gets used to treatment and rebalances. 

Are there any side effects to acupuncture?

Aside from some tiredness after treatment, there are typically no side affects other than the occasional bruising.  

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