Acupuncture involves the stimulation of specific points on the body using a variety of techniques. Specific acupuncture points are chosen based on the individual Chinese Medicine diagnosis. Acupuncture needles are inserted and retained for 20-45 minutes in a treatment session.


Following an acupuncture treatment, it is advised that you be kind to your body and avoid alcohol, caffeine and vigorous exercise.


When taken as an adjunct therapy, there is strong evidence to suggest that Acupuncture has potential for positive effects on the following conditions:


  • Allergic rhinitis, aka hayfever (perennial & seasonal)

  • Knee osteoarthritis

  • Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (when taken alongside anti-emetics)

  • Migraine prophylaxis

  • Chronic lower back pain 

  • Postoperative nausea & vomiting

  • Headache (tension-type and chronic) 

  • Postoperative pain.


Although clinical studies have been limited and results are inconclusive, there is also evidence suggesting Acupuncture may have a positive effect on various other conditions when taken as an adjunct therapy, such as:


  • Acute low back 

  • Ambulatory anaesthesia 

  • Obesity

  • Anxiety 

  • Premenopausal & postmenopausal insomnia

  • Asthma in adults 

  • Post-stroke insomnia

  • Back or pelvic pain during pregnancy 

  • Post-stroke shoulder pain

  • Cancer pain.


Acupuncture is often used in conjunction with Chinese Herbal Medicine in more chronic conditions.


Do you want to reduce visible signs of ageing, but are apprehensive to seek out invasive, cosmetic surgery? Botox and face-lifts are not for everyone, and these costly procedures can take a confronting amount of time to settle down after treatment. If you’re looking for a less aggressive and more natural alternative then Cosmetic Acupuncture, also known as Facial Rejuvenation, is for you.


What is Cosmetic Acupuncture? 


Cosmetic Acupuncture, aka Facial Rejuvenation, is a form of Traditional Chinese dermatology that utilises skin needling, aiming to visibly improve the texture and tone of your skin. Many laser clinics are now offering a similar procedure at a significantly more expensive price. This holistic, regenerative treatment aims to kick-start the body’s natural wound healing response underneath the epidermis, aiming to boost circulation by increasing blood movement and promote the natural reproduction and distribution of collagen and elastin. 

Chinese Herbal Medicine is one of the oldest healthcare systems in the world dating back as early as 200 AD. Ingredients are mainly derived from plants and minerals and include some commonly known substances such as dates, liquorice and ginger.  In rare occasions, animal products are prescribed, although no endangered animal products or unethical products are used at Northern Rivers Chinese Medicine Clinic.


The fundamental foundations of Chinese Herbal Medicine are based on the flavour, temperature and nature of herbs. Chinese Herbal Medicine is prescribed by combining individual herbs together to create a formula; this is based on the Chinese Medicine diagnosis and the believed synergy between the individual herbs.


Northern Rivers Chinese Medicine Clinic prescribes only the finest quality of Chinese herbs available. 


Herbal formulas are prepared by the patient with a very simple and time efficient cooking method.

Dietary therapy is an important part of Chinese Medicine treatment and may assist in treating disease.  According to the Chinese Medicine system, the appropriate dietary advice is based on several factors such as the person’s constitution, the Chinese Medicine disease pattern and the time of year.  


Eating according to the seasons is an important concept in Chinese Medicine, as it is widely thought our bodies also change throughout the seasons and require the foods available during different times of the year to maintain good health. Dietary habits are also considered and these very basic concepts have often been forgotten. These include regular meal times, being relaxed while eating, not eating too late at night and thoroughly chewing food.

Moxibustion is an externally applied Traditional Chinese Medicine technique that has been used throughout Asia for centuries. This technique involves the burning of the herb Mugwort on or near the skin and is believed to facilitate healing in Chinese Medicine practice.


There are several different methods of applying moxibustion and often it will be used in conjunction with acupuncture. The technique used will depend on the diagnosis and treatment plan for the patient.


Wenren Qinian first mentioned the use of moxibustion to assist with difficult labour in the Moxibustion Methods for Emergencies in 1226. Chinese hospitals have been using this technique to treat breech presentations for decades, however current research is not yet sufficient for this method to be incorporated into clinical practice guidelines for obstetricians in Australia, although the New Zealand clinical practice guidelines do recommend it. There is evidence to suggest that Moxibustion may have a positive effect in assisting movement in breech babies.  


Consult your practitioner to discuss whether or not this ancient technique might be useful for you.

Cupping is a traditional Chinese medicine that dates back thousands of years. Cupping is a technique in which specific cups are used with heat to create suction on the body’s surface. The vacuum created by the lack of oxygen anchors the cup to the skin and pulls it upward on the inside of the glass, as the air inside the cup cools.  Research suggests that placement of cups on selected acupoints on the skin produces hyperemia or hemostasis, which results in a therapeutic effect. 

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