Q. DO YOU OFFER PRIVATE HEALTH FUND REBATES?
A. At the Gentle Dragon we offer on the spot claiming for acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine consultations only.
Please let us know when booking that you intend to make a claim so we can make sure you are booked in with a practitioner that is registered.
Q.HOW MUCH WILL I GET BACK FROM MY HEALTH FUND?
A. To find out how much your private health fund will pay for your session you will need to either contact your chosen health fund directly or if you are at the centre we can swipe your card to get a reading (without making a claim) and it will tell us how much the rebate will be.
The rebate amount will vary depending on which health fund you are covered by and what level of cover you have on your policy.
Q. HOW LONG IS AN ACUPUNCTURE SESSION AND WHAT DOES IN INVOLVE?
A. The initial Acupuncture session takes approximately 60 minutes. This gives the practitioner time to conduct an interview, review the Pulse and Tongue, and formulate the diagnosis and treatment.
The acupuncture points are then selected and inserted. Approximately 12-20 needles are used in an average treatment. Therapeutic Balms or liniments may be applied, as well as infrared heat. Cupping may also be used. A follow up treatment usually takes about 40-45 minutes, with the needles kept in place for about 20-25 minutes. If you are having a remedial massage with your treatment then allow a further 20 minutes to complete your treatment. Ongoing sessions last from about 40-60 minutes depending on whether or not massage is performed.
If you would like massage to be a part of your session then please mention this when booking as not all of the practitioners offer this.
Q. DOES ACUPUNCTURE HURT?
A. Acupuncture needles are extremely fine, and as such they trigger very little pain. Once the needle is in position, the practitioner will gently stimulate it to activate the acupuncture point. At this time you may feel a mild dull ache or heavy or numb feeling. This is normal and indicates the treatment is working.If you are a first timer, or a nervous patient, we are very experienced in managing your anxiety and use a very gentle technique. The vast majority of clients finish their treatment feeling very comfortable and relaxed, and looking forward to their next visit.
Q. ARE THERE ANY ADVERSE SIDE EFFECTS FROM ACUPUNCTURE?
A. Side effects from Acupuncture are mild and uncommon, but some patients may experience:
- Transient soreness at site of needling.
- Slight bruising.
- Sleepiness, drowsiness after treatment.
- Flare up of their condition for 12-24 hours after which symptoms usually settle and the overall condition improves (more common with painful conditions).
- If the treatment involves suction cupping, then a dark red or purplish mark may remain on the skin for a few days, but it is painless.
Q. WILL THE HERBS OR SUPPLEMENTS AFFECT MY MEDICATION?
A. The vast majority of herbs and supplements are safe to use with most medicines, but there are some exceptions. Please advise your practitioner if you are on any medication or supplements.
Q. HOW MANY ACUPUNCTURE SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
A. The answer to this varies significantly according to the individual. Usually somewhere between 2 and 12 sessions, with an average of about 6. If you would like more information about this please call the clinic.
Q. HOW LONG IS A LIFE COACHING SESSION AND WHAT DOES IN INVOLVE?
A. The initial session with Zoe is 1 hour. Sessions can be done in person or via Skype/Facetime. Initially Zoe will ask you a series of questions to help get to know who you are and what it is you want to achieve. Zoe is passionate about she does and enjoys her work. Sessions often involve humour. You will be given action points or easy and effective tools to work with immediately. Sessions with Zoe are always tailored to meet your individual needs which mean one person’s consultation is radically different to another’s.
Q. HOW MANY LIFE COACHING SESSIONS DO I NEED?
A. This is very much dependant on what you want to achieve and how motivated you are to achieve your goals. Zoe will discuss this with you after your initial consultation.
Q. DURING A SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE READING, WHO ARE YOU CONNECTING TO?
A. Zoe always cleanses and clears the room, herself and then you. You will probably be unaware of this. When connection is made, it is to your angels and guides. Sometimes loved ones who have passed over will want to connect with Zoe, other times you can ask to connect with someone you would like to hear from. Zoe only ever connects with benevolent beings from the light.
Q. CAN I ASK QUESTIONS DURING A SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE READING?
A. Yes! It’s important you understand what is being said to you. If anything isn’t clear, ask for it to be clarified and/or explained another way. You can also record your reading and take notes. When it comes to questions, please know that NO question is a stupid question! Your helpers in Spirit love any opportunity they have to speak, love, reassure and help guide you.
Q. HOW DOES A FLOWER ESSENCE WORK?
A. A flower essence is a vibrational remedy that works to lift and support your energy field. They provide excellent energetic support between sessions with your healthcare practitioner and can help you feel ‘topped up’ between appointments and during difficult/stressful times such as moving house, changing jobs, prolonged periods of study or crucial conversations. There are 20 different flower essences from the heart2shine flower essence range to choose from. You can ask your practitioner, choose your own or allow the essence images to intuitively guide you. The best effects are always from taking the remedy that meets your current needs; i.e. taking Honesty flower essence before important conversations or Clarity during times when mental focus if required.
Q. CAN FLOWER ESSENCES INTERACT WITH MY MEDICATIONS OR HERBS?
A. No. Heart2shine flower essences exert their effects on your energy system- not on the physical pathways of the body as medications and herbs do. They support you emotionally and energetically. Flower essences do contain alcohol as a preservative. Add your drops to a glass of water if you have any concern with consuming alcohol. Once added to a 250 ml glass of water, alcohol content is minimal and similar to that found naturally in ripe fruit.