Acupuncture & Moxibustion - Sen Health Clinic

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture treatment is the insertion of fine, sterile, single-use needles in specific areas in which the jing luo or meridians (also known as channels or energy pathways) run through. Today, it is used to treat various ailments, painful conditions or for general wellbeing. Clinical trials have been conducted for acupuncture and the result has improved conditions for patients suffering chronic pain.

What is Moxibustion (or moxa)?

Moxibustion a form of heat therapy using dried and aged herb called Artemisia mugwort. It can be used indirectly, on acupuncture needles, or direct burning on the skin.


Moxibustion can treat conditions such as:

  • Stimulate the flow of qi/energy and blood circulation

  • Alleviate cold and damp symptoms

  • Reduce pain aggravated by cold temperature such as arthritis, frozen shoulder, stomach ache etc.

  • Reduce bleeding, e.g. menorrhagia, uterine bleeding

  • Breech pregnancy

In 2003, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) published an offical report of controlled trials to be treated effectively by acupuncture. Below is a list of some of the conditions and diseases from the report:

For more information about clinical reports on acupuncture, please take a look at The Acupuncture Evidence Project by the Australian Acupuncture Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA).

What should I expect during acupuncture treatment?

For acupuncture, the sensation is a mild dull ache at the point of insertion. Occasionally you may feel slight numbing or momentary static-like sensation running along the meridian. This is due to the activation of qi/energy flow in the body. Pain from acupuncture is tolerable, while pain upon needling a nerve causes severe and lasting pain for days. All practitioners have been well trained to avoid this. If an acupuncture point is still sore after treatment, please let the practitioner know. It can be dealt with immediately so you won't go home feeling discomfort.


For moxibustion, you will feel a gentle but warm sensation where moxa is applied. Let the practitioner know if it is getting too hot to avoid burns, otherwise it is generally safe and blister-free.



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