Acupuncture is part of traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture involves inserting very fine needles into specific points on the skin along what are believed to be lines of energy or meridians. Acupuncture is focused on correcting imbalances of energy in the body and encouraging it to heal itself.

As well as needles, acupuncturists use a combination of techniques including electro stimulation, heat lamps, remedial massage and vacuum cupping.

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Acupuncturists use single-use sterile disposable needles to reduce the likelihood of infection and to prevent the transmission of blood-borne diseases.

We generally encourage patients to inform their doctor if they are planning to have acupuncture.
The needles used in acupuncture are very fine and solid. Acupuncture needles are much finer than the hypodermic needles used for injections, which are hollow for delivering liquid into the bloodstream.

Acupuncture rarely causes any pain but some people feel a tingling, numbness or mild soreness after the needles have been put in or taken out.
Dry needling is just one technique used by acupuncturists. Dry needling uses fine needles similar to those used by acupuncturists. The needles are placed in the skin to stimulate underlying trigger points in the muscular or connective tissues to assist in releasing tight muscles.

Dry needling can be taught in a short course whereas registered acupuncturists undertake hundreds of hours of education and needle training, making it possible to treat various health issues and body disorders rather than just musculoskeletal problems.
Initial Consultation and Treatment: $130
Standard Ongoing Treatment: $100 per session
Pensioners with Health Card: $70 per session
Cosmetic Acupuncture: $130 per session
Some people experience some sort of immediate effect from acupuncture. The effect will depend on the symptoms the patient presents with. For example, someone with rhinitis might find that his or her nose stops running after a few minutes, and someone presenting with a blocked nose might find they are breathing better. If someone is in a very stressed or anxious state within 5 or 10 minutes they might start relaxing. A patient with angina might find their chest feels more open and they are breathing more freely. While patients may experience some immediate improvement, acupuncture works on the cumulative effect of a number of acupuncture sessions. The number of sessions prescribed will vary according to the individual and the condition being treated. For example, the treatment plan for acute back pain is 3-4 sessions and for chronic back pain is 8-10 sessions. Click here to see the average number of treatments for a range of conditions.
No, Medicare does not cover acupuncture currently.
Acupuncture from a registered practitioner is recognised as a viable treatment and can be included in private health insurance “extras” cover. Check if your policy covers acupuncture and whether there is a waiting period or benefit limit.

If your acupuncturist prescribes Chinese herbs in conjunction with the acupuncture, your policy will probably not cover the cost of the herbs.