How much do you really know about acupuncture?

How much do you really know about acupuncture?

Question 1 of 10.

Which of these would you closely relate to acupuncture?

1. Needles
2. Balls
3. Strings
Question 2 of 10.

Where did acupuncture originate?

1. France
2. Japan
3. China
Question 3 of 10.

What is the primary reason for acupuncture being so effective?

1. It makes the body numb and hence pain goes away
2. It allows the practitioner to inject painkillers secretly
3. It makes the body to secrete required enzymes and hormones
Question 4 of 10.

According to Chinese medicine, what makes the body ill?

1. The restricted flow of the bodily fluids
2. The attack of germs
3. Path of internal energy being blocked by an agent
Question 5 of 10.

What are meridians?

1. They are the lines on which acupuncture acts upon
2. They are the lines that get attacked by germs
3. They are the lines that carry internal energy of the body
Question 6 of 10.

Can acupuncture help cancer patients by relieving pain and nausea after chemotherapy?

1. No
2. No Idea
3. Yes
Question 7 of 10.

Can you have acupuncture if you are pregnant?

1. You should inform the practitioner before the session starts
2. It is not safe
3. It is safe
Question 8 of 10.

Should you have acupuncture immediately or soon after surgery?

1. It is not safe
2. You should inform the practitioner before the session starts
3. It is safe
Question 9 of 10.

How many acupuncture points are there on a human body?

1. 360
2. 350
3. 310
Question 10 of 10.

What is the diameter of the needles that are used for treatment?

1. 0.20 to 0.25 mm
2. 0.25 to 0.30 mm
3. 0.40 to 0.50 mm

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Acupuncture targets a wide range of conditions and can be effective in helping to relieve symptoms for a wide range of common and not‑so‑common health conditions. It contributes to general health maintenance and disease prevention – by strengthening and enhancing normal body functions, the immune system is regulated and a general sense of well-being is promoted. Some of the many conditions people seek acupuncture treatments include:

Painful conditions



headache, migraine, osteoarthritis, renal colic, biliary colic, post‑operative pain, dental analgesia

Any pain is considered a blockage, stagnation or stasis involving various layers of the body. By removing blockages and invigoration blood circulation pain is effectively targeted.
Musculoskeletal conditions



osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, sports injuries, back & neck pain, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, rheumatism

Pathogenic (climatic) factors tend to cause symptoms of those conditions. Purging, harmonising or transforming those pathogens is the primary strategy to target those conditions.
Neurological conditions



sciatica, trigeminal neuralgia, peripheral neuropathy, stroke sequelae, Bell’s palsy

The state of blood is an important factor in maintaining proper function of blood circulation because according to Chinese medicine: “Blood is the mother of Qi”.
Gynaecological problems



painful menstruation, irregular periods, premenstrual syndrome, menopausal syndrome

Women are ruled by blood and hence the treatment approach is to regulate blood flow and hence target stagnation or stasis.
Pregnancy and labour



infertility, morning sickness, labour pain, induction of labour, long labour, breach position

Complex physiological factors take place in both pregnancy and labour. Supporting the body in its natural ability to successfully implement the changes required.
Gastrointestinal disorders



nausea, vomiting, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhoea, gastric/duodenal ulcer, chronic ulcerative colitis, loss of appetite

Often related to both dietary factors and emotions, we aim at removing ‘stresses’ from the body and help harmonise all digestive functions.
Ear, nose & throat disorders



sinusitis, rhinitis, tonsillitis, sore throat, mouth ulcers, tinnitus, Meniere’s disease

Orifices including the throat are part of the first line of defence. We are aiming at clearing sensory organs to allow them to work and protect the body at optimal levels.
Urogenital disorders



prostatitis, impotence, retained urine, urinary tract infection

Related to the water metabolism of the body those disorders are targeted with re-establishing natural processes of transformation and elimination.
Cardiovascular disorders



primary hypotension, high blood pressure, angina pectoris

Conditions related to heart and blood vessels are strongly connected to the blood circulation. Removing any blockages or



smoking and drug withdrawals

Working on strengthening will and focus as well as improving bodily systems.
Other conditions



cold and influenza, cough, allergies and immunity, gout, anxiety, stress, insomnia & fatigue, skin disorders

Various approaches depending on the individual.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific sites (acupuncture points) along the body’s meridians. Stimulating these points clears energy blockages and encourages the normal flow of qi through the body.

From a traditional perspective acupuncture is a highly energetic treatment method and thousands of years of anecdotal evidence suggest it does far more than just stimulate blood flow and nerve activity. In our experience acupuncture taps into an individual’s energetic framework and adjusts the flow of qi (energy in acupuncture meridians throughout the body) in the right places at the right time.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal medicine is based on substantial body of knowledge developed over thousands of years of clinical practice and intellectual endeavour. There are over 450 substances commonly used in Chinese herbal medicine treatment today. Most are of plant origin (stems, leaves, twigs, roots, seeds, twigs, flowers and fruit), though some animal and mineral substances may be used.

Traditionally raw herbs are simmered or cooked and the resulting liquid (decoction) is taken. In the 21st century however, Chinese herbs are taken as liquid extracts, granulated extracts, pills, capsules, tablets or even creams and sprays.

Over‑the‑counter Chinese herbs are aimed at fitting the patterns of as many people as possible. But we are all individuals, with different stories and different symptoms! To ensure you get the most benefit from your Chinese herbal formula, the formula should ideally be tailored to your situation and prescribed for you following a consultation with a registered Chinese herbalist.

Other modalities

Our consultations are not just limited to acupuncture and herbs, but often incorporate a range of other modalities which enhance your experience:

  • Cupping is often used in conjunction with acupuncture for consultations dealing with cold and chest problems, sporting injuries, musculoskeletal problems and/or neurological disorders such as back pain and sciatica. Cupping can simply be used for relaxation.
  • Moxibustion involves the use of dried leaves of the mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) plant. The slow smouldering nature of this herb, when compressed into cones or sticks, allows it to be placed on or near the skin surface which stimulates the flow of qi to remove blockages.
  • Tui Na massage not only works on the muscles and joints but also at a deeper level, affecting the flow of vital life energy in the body, so called qi.
  • Dry needling which is actually very different to acupuncture and widely used by Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Remedial Massage therapists and Myotherapists. It’s called trigger point therapy. It supplements treatments for muscular or skeletal conditions.

Community Acupuncture

We are proud to be the first clinic in Bass Coast to offer a Community service. Community acupuncture makes treatments accessible and affordable to everyone by allowing sessions to take place in a shared space where other patients may be receiving treatment at the same time. The initial consultation will take place in a separate room to ensure confidentiality. Once a treatment plan is determined, we use acupuncture points that are easily accessible and do not require disrobing. Also known as ‘multi‑bed acupuncture’, it is becoming a popular model in the UK, USA and capital cities around Australia.

Community acupuncture session times:

* Please note this is a drop in service, first in first served

  • Monday – 10.00 am – 12.00 pm
  • Tuesday & Thursday – 12.00 pm – 2.00 pm (drop in service, first in first served)


  • Please note: you MUST have had an initial consultation with one of our practitioners before you are able to attend the drop in service
  • Sessions are a fixed fee of $30 (no concession) and payment is required on the day.
  • Please wear loose clothing



  Acupuncture, initial 75min $95
  Acupuncture, subsequent 60 60min $80
  Acupuncture, subsequent 45 45min $65
  Herbal consultation, initial 45min $65
  Herbal consultation, subsequent 15min $30
  Community Acupuncture 45min $30
  Massage, Cupping, Gua Sha 60min $100
  Massage, Cupping, Gua Sha 30min $60
Children (up to 14 years of age)
  Acupuncture, initial 45min $65
  Acupuncture, subsequent 30min $45
  Herbal consultation, initial 45min $65
  Herbal consultation, subsequent 15min $30
Herbal medicines, creams & orthopaedic (sports) products
  50ml Liquid extracts $36
  100ml Liquid extracts $56
  200ml Liquid extracts $99
  50g Granulated extract $35
  75g Granulated extract $40
  100g Granulated extract $45
  125g Granulated extract $53
  150g Granulated extract $62
  175g Granulated extract $69
  200g Granulated extract $78
  250g Granulated extract $94
  300g Granulated extract $108
  350g Granulated extract $126
  400g Granulated extract $139
  50g Herbal cream $26
  100g Herbal cream $39
  Bi Yan Pian, 100 tablets $15
  Po Sum On Oil $16
  Zen spray $22
  Dr Zippelius sprays and salves $29
  Dr Zippelius Tui Na oil $19
  Organic bone broth $45

If you experience financial hardship and need treatment, please let us know and we will customise a payment plan.

Cancellation policy: If you are unable to keep an appointment, kindly give 24 hours notice, so someone else can take your spot. We will strictly charge you with $45 for missed appointments or late cancellations.

We appreciate your understanding that our time is as valuable as yours and look forward to meeting you.

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