Chinese Medicine is documented as far back as 2,000 years and has a strong standing historically and currently within China and around the world as a holistic practice of preventative medicine.

This form of medicine takes a holistic approach to understanding the body’s normal function and disease processes and focuses as much on the prevention of illness and general health maintenance as it does on presenting symptoms.

In 2012 Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine became nationally registered under AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency), the body which also regulates surgeons, medical doctors, dentists, nurses and occupational therapists, this regulatory body protects the public by ensuring your practitioners have the correct level of training and best possible care. The registration under AHPRA has very strict rules around advertising, including listing conditions without extensive research and approval by them. As a result, we have listed only a small sample of conditions below.

If you have a query about whether Chinese medicine and acupuncture can be helpful with conditions not listed on this website, we encourage you to contact to discuss the particulars of your individual health needs and we will provide you with more information on Chinese medicine and how it may assist you.

Lower Back Pain

Acupuncture has been recommended for lower back pain by medical advisors and pain societies as a non-risky alternative to strong medication or possible evasive surgery. It is especially recommended in the first instance of lower back pain occurring. Acupuncture has a strong effect on the autonomic nervous system; when acupuncture needles are stimulated correctly by a licenced acupuncturist, they can train the autonomic nervous system to realign its perception of pain. Acupuncture can be extremely effective at eliminating or substantially reducing lower back pain in the long term, especially when combined with lifestyle change. (References 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)


Chinese Medicine is an integrated system of primary health care and treatment aims to benefit both the mother and baby in achieving optimum health. Ideally, this journey begins with preconception care to prepare the body for pregnancy.

At Northern Rivers Chinese Medicine Clinic, we offer support during pregnancy with a focus on physical and emotional well-being. (Referenes 8, 9, 10)



  1. Australian Institute of Health & Welfare: Authoritative Information and statistics to promote better health and wellbeing, Back Pain and Problems, December 2014.

  2. Heather Tick, Integrative Pain Medicine: A Holistic Model of Care, International Association for the Study of Pain, VOL XXII • NO 2 MAY 2014.

  3. Liu L, Skinner M, McDonough S, Mabire L, Baxter GD. Acupuncture for low back pain: an overview of systematic reviews. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:328196.

  4. Nahin RL, Boineau R, Khalsa PS, Stussman BJ, Weber WJ. Evidence-Based Evaluation of Complementary Health Approaches for Pain Management in the United States. Mayo Clin Proc. 2016 Sep; 91(9):1292-306.

  5. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, Low back pain: Early management of persistent non-specific low back pain, NICE guidelines [CG88], May 2009.

  6. The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Spinal Surgery for Chronic Low Back Pain: Review of Clinical Evidence and Guidelines, Australian Safety and Efficacy Register of New Interventional Procedures – Surgical, June 2014.

  7. US Department of Health & Human Services, Evidence-based Practice Centre Systematic Review Protocol: Non-invasive Treatments for Low Back Pain, Research Protocol – Oct. 8, 2014.

  8. Qian Y, Xia XR, Ochin H, Huang C, Gao C, Gao L, et al. Therapeutic effect of acupuncture on the outcomes of in vitro fertilization: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2016 Dec 19.

  9. Jo J, Lee YJ. Effectiveness of acupuncture in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome undergoing in vitro fertilisation or intracytoplasmic sperm injection: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Acupunct Med. 2017 Jan 11.

  10. Zhang X, Soo Lee M, Smith CA, Robinson N, Zhou Y, Ying W, et al. (2018) Effects of acupuncture during in vitro fertilization or intracytoplasmic sperm injection: An updated systematic review and meta-analysis. Euro Journ of Int Med. Oct 2018

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