Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
TCM is an ancient form of health care that has evolved over thousands of years. The body is seen as a system of channels that transport Qi (or energy) to your muscles, tissues, skin and organs. The smooth flow of Qi is essential for health.
We take an extensive health history looking at external and internal factors that may be causing unwanted signs and symptoms. We will then design and discuss your treatment plan with you.
Engaging techniques such as acupuncture, cupping and dietary and lifestyle advice, patients receive a holistic approach to health care aimed at bringing balance back to the body.
Acupuncture is one treatment option that involves gently inserting thin needles into the body at very specific points. This process is believed to adjust and alter the body into healthier patterns and functioning. Because acupuncture works on the whole body, change can be generated emotionally as well as physically.
A Modern Take On An Ancient Art
At Bloom Acupuncture, we take the traditional art of Chinese acupuncture and combine it with the latest research in holistic medicine to provide comprehensive relief from various acute and chronic conditions.
Patients have found relief from a variety of different symptoms, including menstrual problems and pregnancy-related concerns (morning sickness, pain, labour preparation), acute and chronic pain, dizziness, headaches, insomnia and constipation.
Research is being conducted all the time into the benefits of acupuncture. There is a growing evidence base showing that acupuncture may be beneficial in helping treat many acute and chronic problems, such as:
Women’s health: painful, heavy or irregular periods, endometriosis, infertility, IVF support, menopausal symptoms.
Pregnancy: back and pelvic pain, labour pain, breech baby, pre-conception care.
Musculoskeletal: acute and chronic pain.
Respiratory: asthma, allergic rhinitis.
Gastrointestinal: obesity, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome.
Neurological: stroke, headaches, migraine.
Mental health: anxiety, depression, insomnia, stress.
Research for the Acupuncture Evidence Project.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is extremely safe when practised by a qualified practitioner. Claire Solomon has completed the four-year full-time Bachelors in Health Science (Acupuncture), having an in-depth knowledge of Chinese Medicine and the meridian system as well as anatomy and physiology from a Western medical perspective.
What needles do you use?
We use extremely thin needles (much smaller than those used for blood tests). They are for single-use and are pre-sterilised.
Is acupuncture covered by ACC?
Yes. Bloom Acupuncture, as an Acupuncture NZ member, is a recognised ACC Treatment Provider. Once you have a claim accepted by ACC, you can book in for treatment of that injury. No referral is needed from your GP or other Treatment Provider. NB: ACC will only cover the treatment of a specific injury.
Will it hurt?
Sometimes a small prick sensation or tingling may occur, but generally, there is a dull, heavy feeling. Often people are so relaxed that they fall asleep.
How many treatments will I need?
Generally, 6 - 10 treatments is accepted as a standard course. Commonly, more acute conditions can take less, but more chronic conditions, or issues such as infertility, may take longer. You may initially need two treatments a week, then as symptoms improve, weekly treatment is likely.
How will I feel after acupuncture?
Depending on the type of treatment you received, you may feel very relaxed and calm or you may feel revitalized and more clear-headed. It is not unusual to feel like resting after a treatment and occasionally your symptoms may flare for a short time before settling. Generally, the effects of the treatment will be more obvious the following day.