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Acupuncture near me | Melbourne Acupuncturists
Last updated 5th December 2023
Need acupuncture near you in Melbourne? Then we are confident you’ll love us.
Qi Medicine prides itself on delivering high-quality healthcare to local residents in Melbourne, with some of the most experienced acupuncturists and Chinese medicine doctors in the city.
Check out our team of Chinese medicine practitioners below.
What is acupuncture and how does it work?
Acupuncture is an ancient medicine developed over 5,000 years ago in China and continues to be widely used to address a variety of health and wellness issues.
Acupuncture is believed to work through balancing the body as a whole, not just focusing on one singular health issue at a time.
This balancing is achieved through activating meridians (energy pathways) throughout the body. If this concept seems a little foreign to you don’t worry, your body will naturally respond to the treatment even if your brain doesn’t fully understand it yet!
Acupuncture can place the body into a meditative state, much like that achieved in mindfulness practices. The latest updated research in January 2020 shows strong evidence to suggest these mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques can effectively reduce stress and depressive disorders .
The most up-to-date modern scientific explanation is that needling a point will stimulate the nervous system to release chemicals and hormones in the muscles, the spinal cord, and the brain.
It is thought that this stimulation can change the experience of pain and trigger a natural healing response in the body tissues. Sessions can also have a calming effect, altering our state of mind and reducing stress.
We know you will feel wonderful when you attend your initial session with us, with years of experience, we believe our acupuncture and Chinese medicine clinic can provide you with the best holistic healthcare in the city.
The benefits of acupuncture are numerous. The registered Chinese medicine practitioners at Qi Medicine may be able to help you with any of the following issues:
Acupuncture for Anxiety and Well-being
Acupuncture is an excellent treatment option for anxiety and high stress.
Anxiety can be tricky to manage without help. Fortunately, the neuro-calming effects of acupuncture provide numerous positive benefits including:
- Improved sleep
- Reduced stress and pain
- A boost in calming neurotransmitters including endorphins and serotonin
You can improve your well-being with acupuncture. Acupuncture’s effectiveness in balancing the body’s energy and releasing endorphins contributes to pain relief, improved mood, and a greater sense of well-being.
And best of all, acupuncture is designed to help you relax and unwind from being overwhelmed.
Are you looking for a Melbourne Chinese medicine clinic to support you whilst undergoing a fertility journey? Then we know we can help you.
- Our acupuncturists in Moonee Ponds, Melbourne are helping couples actively reduce their tension, stress, and fatigue which may be contributing to their infertility.
Find out more about acupuncture and fertility here
- Supporting couples step by step through the IVF process with a clear explanation of what is happening in their body, including fertility drug reactions
- Helping to clarify and explain in plain terms the meanings of western medicine blood tests, cycle changes, and gynecological investigations
- Educating couples on how to best track their fertility windows, understand cycles, ovulation, and sperm
- Advising couples on how to best manage their diet and lifestyle for best fertility outcomes
For pregnancy and birth
Our Chinese medicine practitioners can assist with:
- Pelvic and back pain in pregnancy
- Nausea, fatigue, and stress in pregnancy and birth preparation
- Pre-labor induction preparation, including reducing stress and muscle relaxation
Find out more about acupuncture in labour here
Acupuncture for pain management
If you are suffering from pain and muscle tightness, you could benefit from visiting Qi Medicine for pain management acupuncture.
- Endometriosis pain ( find out more about acupuncture for endometriosis pain here)
- Feeling stressed and under pressure
- Needing help to overcome difficult stages in life
- Chronic lower back pain and tension
- Acute lower back pain and neck pain
- Hip and Sciatica pain (more about sciatica here)
- Shoulder impingement pain
Plus, we love to work with…
- The pain associated with headaches and migraines
- Period and menstrual pain
- Knee osteoarthritis pain
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Headache and migraine pain
- Joint pain associated with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
Find out more about acupuncture for pain relief here
Are you looking for a cosmetic acupuncturist? We can provide:
- Collagen induction therapy with dermal rolling and skin needling
- Cosmetic acupuncture to help reduce stress and tension from facial muscles
- Understanding hormonal imbalances leading to skin problems such as dryness, crepey skin, and acne.
- Combining stress-busting, rejuvenating acupuncture, and skin treatment into one.
Find out more about cosmetic acupuncture here
In addition, acupuncture may be useful in the treatment of:
- Fatigue and low energy
- The pain associated with endometriosis
- Pain and stress associated with menstrual cramping, heavy bleeding or PMS
- The pain and stress associated with irritable bowel syndrome and constipation
- Underlying stress that may be leading to acne breakouts and hormonal imbalances
- Elevated stress levels that may be associated with melasma or skin pigmentation
Does acupuncture hurt?
Our acupuncturists specialise in taking first-time clients and will gently ease you through the whole process step by step (Meet our team here). We promise you will feel as comfortable as possible throughout your treatment, as we conduct your private consultation and treatment.
Because we pride ourselves on providing the best acupuncture, our session is often not painful as very fine needles are used to stimulate the points.
Acupuncture can be quite relaxing as the body is given a chance to stop, relax, and heal itself. Other sensations felt during treatment include a slight tingling in the body, which is actually quite a pleasant experience.
The question about acupuncture vs dry needling is a commonly asked one.
Acupuncture and dry needling are two distinct treatment techniques that involve the insertion of thin needles into specific points in the body. ( see more about our myotherapy and dry needling services here).
While they may seem similar, there are some key differences between the two practices, including their origins, underlying philosophies, and application methods.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical practice that dates back thousands of years.
Acupuncture points are believed to be connected to different organs and body systems. The needles used in acupuncture are typically very thin and are inserted at varying depths, depending on the condition being treated and the practitioner’s approach.
Acupuncture is used to treat a wider variety of conditions and can be utilised to assist treatments focused on fertility, pregnancy managment, skin, gut and hormonal issues, pain and headaches, mood and emotional disorders, and much more.
Dry needling, on the other hand, is a more recent technique developed within Western medicine.
It involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points within muscles, tendons, or fascia to relieve pain and restore proper muscle function.
Dry needling is primarily focused on addressing muscular trigger points, which are tight knots or bands of muscle fibers that can cause pain, restricted movement, and referred pain to other areas of the body.
The goal of dry needling is to release these trigger points and promote healing and improved muscle function.
What can you expect in treatment from our acupuncturists?
Your session will consist of a consultation and treatment, along with dietary and lifestyle advice and supplements and herbs if needed.
During your session, your Chinese medicine practitioner will ask you several questions about your current and past state of health, to gain a deep understanding of what is causing imbalances in your health.
Once your Chinese medicine doctor has a whole picture of your health they can individualise treatment to your specific needs. During your session, you will be able to fully relax in a private, comfortable room.
Our acupuncture clinic is designed to let you fall into a deep state of relaxation, without interruption from the outside world. This is part of what we feel makes us the best acupuncture in Melbourne. You will be encouraged to close your eyes and rest, allowing the treatment to promote healing in the body.
You will often feel very relaxed after a session. It is best to drink plenty of water and do not undergo intense physical or mental activity for a few hours after your session, to let the internal healing continue after you leave the clinic.
At our medical acupuncture clinic, we work in accordance with the registration standards of the CMBA ( AHPRA- Chinese Medicine Registration Board Australia division) which all registered Chinese Medicine practitioners are obliged to meet standards of safety and efficacy.
There is much ongoing research into the effectiveness and uses of acupuncture for a variety of conditions, as explored in this article in Medical News Today.
Qi Medicine prides itself on following strict safety guidelines, ensuring your session is as safe and effective as possible.
Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine benefits
- May provide ongoing symptomatic relief of some conditions without drugs
- Promotes healing within your body without suppressing immunity
- May be used by people of all ages
- Does not result in ill side effects of some Western medications
- Sessions can be relaxing and rejuvenating and can leave you feeling calm and happy
- Rebates available in-house for private health insurance members
- Can be more cost-effective than some other forms of mainstream care 
Acupuncture does not replace all medical treatments available, and your current healthcare provider should be consulted before you discontinue any other forms of treatment.
A Chinese medicine treatment will often complement Western medicine treatments by encouraging healing and recovery.
During your session, you may be asked if you would like one of the following adjunct therapies to assist in your natural healing. These treatments include:
As a part of the traditional Chinese medicine treatment, you may be prescribed a specific high-quality herbal medicine formula to complement your acupuncture treatment.
We prescribe you either a pill or powdered raw herbal medicine formula for your best Chinese herbal treatment, adhering to the strict Australian therapeutic medicines guidelines (TGA).
Moxa (or moxibustion) is an important part of many treatments.
This treatment consists of a dried herb or a charcoal-like substance compressed into a stick or cone and smoldered close to the skin, which is designed to warm up the skin and acupuncture channels for a specific therapeutic effect. This therapy is not intended to burn, only warm the area.
Traditional cupping can be an effective tool for reducing back, neck, and shoulder pain (read more about cupping here).
Generally, cupping therapy is not very painful but may leave some marks on the skin. These marks generally fade within one week. Upon request, cupping can easily be included in your treatment for a deeper release of tight muscles and tendons.
Advice about acupuncture’s potential side effects and results
On the whole, acupuncture is considered gentle, but like with any form of therapeutic intervention, there may be some unwanted side effects.
- Bruising, some bleeding, and tenderness at the site of treatment
- Feeling tired after treatment
- Some pain and redness at the insertion site
- Some swelling at the insertion point
Acupuncture is not a miracle treatment and it is important to understand that like any form of therapeutic intervention results are never guaranteed, even by the best acupuncturist. So, please take the time to discuss your treatment options with your healthcare provider before undergoing treatment.
It is important to discuss your treatment options with your acupuncturist first if you have any:
- Bleeding disorders
- Contagious blood diseases
- Easy bruising
- Metal allergies
Like any type of healthcare approach, It is common to need to undergo a series of sessions to achieve therapeutic benefit with acupuncture, so please be mindful of this when considering treatment.
Acupuncture near you: Distance and location
We are within 5km, and just a short drive from the following suburbs:
- 3039 Moonee Ponds (0 km)
- 3032 Ascot Vale (1.1 km)
- 3040 Essendon (1.3 km)
- 3032 Travancore (1.5 km)
- 3055 Moonee Vale (1.5 km)
- 3055 Brunswick West (1.8 km)
- 3040 Aberfeldie (2.1 km)
- 3031 Flemington (2.4 km)
- 3041 Cross Keys (2.5 km)
- 3032 Highpoint City (2.6 km)
- 3041 Essendon North (2.6 km)
- 3032 Maribyrnong (2.7 km)
- 3040 Essendon West (2.8 km)
- 3031 Kensington (3.1 km)
- 3056 Brunswick (3.1 km)
- 3041 Strathmore (3.4 km)
- 3054 Princes Hill (3.6 km)
- 3044 Pascoe Vale South (3.6 km)
- 3055 Brunswick South (3.6 km)
- 3055 Moreland West (3.7 km)
- 3058 Moreland (3.8 km)
- 3012 Maidstone (3.9 km)
- 3011 Footscray (4 km)
- 3052 Parkville (4 km)
- 3056 Brunswick North (4.1 km)
- 3057 Brunswick East (4.1 km)
- 3042 Niddrie (4.1 km)
- 8002 East Melbourne (4.2 km)
- 3034 Avondale Heights (4.2 km)
- 3054 Carlton North (4.2 km)
- 3058 Coburg (4.4 km)
- 3050 Royal Melbourne Hospital (4.4 km)
- 3052 Melbourne University (4.5 km)
- 3051 North Melbourne (4.5 km)
- 3041 Essendon Fields (4.6 km)
- 3044 Pascoe Vale (4.6 km)
- 3057 Sumner (4.6 km)
- 3010 University of Melbourne (4.7 km)
- 3042 Niddrie North (4.7 km)
- 3058 Batman (5 km)
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Acupuncture in Melbourne bookings
Book online here or phone the clinic on (03) 8394 7665 to book your acupuncture treatment today.
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We provide acupuncture to the northern and western suburbs of Melbourne.
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