What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the traditional Chinese art of healing, which has been successfully practised for over 2,000 years.

Today, acupuncture is used as an effective, evidence-based practice for many health conditions and diseases, treating the root cause rather than just the symptoms. It is a natural and holistic approach, which focuses on prevention and ongoing management of illnesses.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture aims to normalise the flow of energy (qi) and blood throughout the body to stop any unwanted blockages along the body's pathways (meridians). These blockages usually manifest as potential symptoms or conditions.

Our highly qualified acupuncturists will assess you individually and use traditional forms of treatment techniques (including needling, moxibustion, cupping therapy and herbal prescription) tailored to your condition, to help reestablish the natural flow of balance to your body.  

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Acupuncture may help with a wide range of issues

At Prospect Physiotherapy and Health Plus Clinic, acupuncture may assist with a variety of conditions and symptoms recognised by the World Health Organisation, including:

  • Pain relief for any musculoskeletal disorders and sporting injuries.

  • Arthritis.

  • Migraines.

  • Insomnia.

  • Stress.

  • Depression and mood disorders.

  • Digestive issues, such as bloating, reflux, pain and bowel disturbances.

  • Respiratory conditions, such as bronchitis and sinusitis.

  • Skin conditions, such as acne, eczema and psoriasis.

  • Our acupuncturists particularly love to assist with gynaecological and obstetric conditions, such as fertility, menopause and hot flushes, period pains and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

Please note: under Australian law, claims of efficacy of treatment are required to be made with reference to evidence of a high standard. The following conditions have been listed based on a range of strong evidence to inconclusive evidence. If you would like further clarification, please see the acupuncture evidence project and also an overview of the scientific evidence in context to other medical approaches. Additional conditions may be treated using acupuncture and Chinese medicine, although current Western scientific evidence does not exist for these as yet.


Our acupuncturists are also physiotherapists!

At Prospect Physiotherapy and Health Plus Clinic, our therapists (including our director, Dr Karen Chan) are actually dual acupuncturists and physiotherapists – there are only a handful in the state!

You therefore gain the advantage of both Western and Eastern knowledge and approaches to your health.

Our acupuncturists are also fully registered with the Allied Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), and the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA).

If you’re suffering a specific condition and wondering whether acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help, please don't hesitate to contact us for clarification. 

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Start your journey toward recovery with the help of this millenary knowledge.


Initial assessment and treatment (50 to 60 minutes) – $83
Subsequent treatment (30 minutes) – $67