Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine

At Peninsula Acupuncture and Natural Medicine we have a special interest in a wide range of conditions including -

If you have any of these conditions we encourage you to contact us to discuss how we can assist you!

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2016 Acupuncture Evidence Project

The 2016 Acupuncture Evidence Project was an Australian research project which reviewed the published meta-analysis and systematic reviews of 122 conditions.

It identified 47 conditions, 8 with strong evidence and 38 with moderate evidence, supporting the use of acupuncture.

Table 1. Conditions with strong evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture. Reviews with consistent statistically significant positive effects and where authors have recommended the intervention. The quality of evidence is rated as moderate or high quality -

    •    Allergic hayfever (perennial & seasonal)
    •    Knee Osteoarthritis
    •    Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (with anti-emetics)
    •    Migraine prophylaxis
    •    Chronic low back pain
    •    Postoperative nausea & vomiting
    •    Headache (tension-type and chronic)
    •    Postoperative pain

Table 2. Conditions with moderate evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture. Reviews reporting all individual RCTs or pooled effects across RCTs as positive, but the reviewers deeming the evidence insufficient to draw firm conclusions. The quality of evidence is rated as moderate or high quality.

    •    Acute low back pain
    •    Acute stroke
    •    Ambulatory Anaesthesia
    •    Anxiety
    •    Aromatase-inhibitor-induced arthralgia
    •    Asthma in adults
    •    Back or pelvic pain during pregnancy
    •    Cancer pain
    •    Cancer related fatigue
    •    Constipation
    •    Craniotomy anaesthesia
    •    Depression (with anti-depressants)
    •    Dry eye
    •    Hypertension (with medication)
    •    Insomnia
    •    Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    •    Labour pain
    •    Lateral Elbow Pain
    •    Menopausal hot flushes
    •    Modulating sensory perception thresholds
    •    Neck pain
    •    Obesity
    •    Perimenopausal & postmenopausal insomnia
    •    Plantar heel pain
    •    Post-stroke insomnia
    •    Post-stroke shoulder pain
    •    Post-stroke spasticity
    •    Post-traumatic stress disorder
    •    Prostatitis pain/chronic pelvic pain syndrome
    •    Recovery after colorectal cancer resection
    •    Restless leg syndrome
    •    Schizophrenia (with antipsychotics)
    •    Sciatica
    •    Shoulder impingement syndrome (early stage) (with exercise)
    •    Shoulder pain
    •    Smoking cessation (up to 3 months)
    •    Stroke rehabilitation
    •    Temporomandibular pain

McDonald, John & Janz, Stephen. (2016). The Acupuncture Evidence Project : A Comparative Literature Review (Revised). Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association Ltd, Coorparoo


Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an one of the 5 branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine that has existed for over 2000 years - the other branches include Herbal Medicine, Tuina Massage, Chinese Diet Therapy and Moxibustion.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of hair like needles into prescribed acupoints proven to be effective in treating a broad range of health conditions.

How Does Acupuncture work?

Western medical theory believes that Acupuncture creates a number of changes within the body - it is known to increase blood circulation, release neurohormones key in relaxation and stress relief, increase white blood cell counts key in immune function, increase levels of Endorphins (bodies natural pain killer), increase blood flow to the area by creating a histamine reaction (used to treat musculoskeletal pain both acute and chronic) and is also able to block synapse signals to the brain through the Gate Control Theory (outcompeting pain signals hence blocking pain sensation) and is thus useful in pain control and ongoing pain management.

Chinese Medicine theory is that of the Meridian Theory involving the bodies energy - Qi (pronounced chi) and Blood. The Meridian theory involves a network of channels that link the body as a whole entity carrying the Qi and Blood within it. By using acupoints on these meridians Acupuncture can regulate the flow of Qi and restore the harmonious balance of the Meridian system.

What are the benefits of Chinese medicine?

As a natural form of healing, acupuncture has the following benefits:

  • Provides drug-free pain relief,
  • Effectively treats a wide range of acute and chronic ailments,
  • Treats the underlying cause of disease and illness as well as the symptoms,
  • Provides a holistic approach to the treatment of disease and illness, linking body, mind and emotions,
  • Assists in the prevention against disease and illness as well as the maintenance of general well-being.

Chinese herbal medicine also takes a holistic approach to understanding normal function and disease processes and focuses as much on the prevention of illness as on the treatment. Most diseases or illnesses present with a core set of recognisable signs and symptoms, but the actual presentation of a particular disease or illness will vary from person to person. For this reason, people with similar health conditions may be provided with quite different Chinese herbal medicine prescriptions. If required a Chinese herbal formula that specifically matches and treats your individual health problem will be formulated. As your condition changes and improves with treatment, the Chinese herbal treatment is also adjusted and modified until the desired health outcome is achieved.

 What conditions can Chinese Medicine treat?

The World Health Organisation and National Health Organisation have deemed Acupuncture effective in the treatment of; bronchial asthma, wry neck, constipation, diarrhoea, duodenal ulcers, headaches, migraines, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, low back pain, sciatica and osteoarthritis.

Clinical experience also confirms that many other conditions can be effectively treated such as most gynaecological complaints, infertility, fibromyalgia, and allergies.

Does Acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture carries the stigma of a painful treatment, however most patients discover that acupuncture is quite a relaxing and enjoyable experience. The needles used are single use needles and are the width of a human hair and for this reason very little pain is noticed and no bleeding is usually apparent. Most patients notice a grabbing or slight tingling sensation, followed by warmth around the surrounding area with relaxation. Post treatment patients typically feel quite lethargic and relaxed.

How many treatments will I need?

This varies widely, depending on the duration, severity and nature of your health concern. An acute condition may resolve within a few treatments, with chronic problems being treated or managed over a longer period of time. It is best to schedule once or twice a week to begin with to gauge the effectiveness for you. Some conditions need continued treatment on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis. The benefits of treatment are cumulative and once patients feel better they come less frequently to maintain the results.

Does insurance cover the treatment?

Yes, different health funds cover varying amounts for treatments. We are registered with the major health funds and have an HICAPS facility to claim your rebate at the time of your treatment.