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This time honoured treatment derives from ancient Chinese medicine and involves the insertion of fine sterile needles into specific body points.

It is now a widely accepted form of therapy and shown to be effective in the treatment of a variety of pain and stress-related symptoms.

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is very safe. Serious side-effects are very rare - fewer than one per 10,000 treatments. We use only single-use, sterile, disposable needles.

Acupuncture can have minor side - effects such as:

  • Drowsiness - occurs after treatment in a small number of patients; if affected, you are advised not to drive.
  • Minor bleeding or bruising - occurs after acupuncture in about 3% of treatments.
  • Pain during treatment  - occurs in about 1% of treatments.
  • Worsening of existing symptoms - less than 3% of patients; you should tell your acupuncturist about this - usually it is a good sign.
  • Fainting - can occur in certain patients, particularly at the first treatment.

Your physiotherapist will discuss these and any particularly unique health issues with you before treatment begins.

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What we need to know before starting treatment?

Apart from the usual medical details, before you start acupuncture treatment it is important to let your physiotherapist know if you:

  • Have ever experienced a fit, faint, or 'funny turn'
  • Have a pacemaker or any other electrical implants
  • Have a bleeding disorder
  • Are taking anti - coagulants or any other medication
  • Have damaged heart valves or have any other particular risk of infection (i.e. if you must take antibiotics in order to go to the dentist)
  • Are pregnant

Who will treat me?

Lead clinician Karen Taylor is a Physiotherapy Registered Acupuncturist trained and skilled in a mixture of traditional and western approaches to acupuncture and trigger point and dry needling.

Contact us

To find out more or to make an appointment in Dunedin, phone: 03 479 5757 or email

To find out more or to make an appointment in Christchurch, phone: 03 332 2627or email

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