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How does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture is an ancient healing practice rooted in traditional Chinese medicine. It involves the insertion of thin, sterile needles into specific points on the body called acupuncture points. These points are believed to be connected by pathways that conduct energy, known as qi (pronounced 'chee'), throughout the body.

When these acupuncture points are stimulated with needles, it's thought to help restore the proper flow of qi, promoting balance and harmony within the body. Acupuncture can also trigger the release of natural pain-relieving chemicals in the body, such as endorphins, and improve blood circulation to reduce inflammation and promote healing.

While the exact mechanisms of acupuncture are still being studied, many people find relief from a wide range of health issues, including pain, stress, anxiety, and digestive problems, through regular acupuncture sessions. It's a safe and natural therapy that works holistically to support your body's innate ability to heal itself.


What can TCM Acupuncture  treat?


The World Health Organization recognizes TCM acupuncture as an effective natural treatment option for many common health conditions. (See the WHO website for a comprehensive list).  

ACC funded Injury treatment:


Self referral, bring your  current claim no. to access subsidised Acupuncture treatment for sports injury rehabilitation, back, neck, shoulder, knee or any other injury caused by accident.            


PAIN Relief & Muscular Skeletal Conditions:


An acupuncturist brings a different approach which may bring relief for stubborn injuries,  repetitive strain, arthritis, carpel tunnel or help to manage  pain.

Nicci uses a mix of quick release dry needling for deep troublesome spots, combined with traditional Chinese Medicine to support a healing response.

​​TCM Acupuncture may offer effective treatment either on its own, or as a good complementary addition along side physiotherapy, Osteopathy, chiropractic, massage or other allied practitioners to enhance a case managed approach.

Myofascial tightness

Post exercise soreness


Post surgery recovery


Prolapsed disc


Scar tissue repair

Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

Disc problems

Frozen Shoulder


Muscular Trigger Points

Muscular Skeletal Conditions that may respond to Acupuncture include:



Back Pain

Bell’s Palsy


Muscle Pain


Sprains & Strains

Stroke Rehabilitation

Neck problems


Tennis Elbow

Neuralgia - nerve pain


Rotator Cuff Injury

Women's Health, Fertility & Pregnancy Support


Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to help women ease pain, regulate their cycle, harmonize hormones, maximise chances of conception & manage pregnancy.

If you are on the IVF waiting list or pregnancy is not happening as easily as you would like, acupuncture may be a great natural option to enhance your fertility. Treatments offer practical health & lifestyle advise and can be useful for both Male & Female reproduction.


Acupuncture treatment also offers natural treatment for Menopausal symptoms.  Nicci has often been able to ease hot flushes, anxiety and other hormonal issues associated with pre & post menopause with out the need for hormone replacement therapy.

Fertility treatments include:

 IUI support treatments

IVF Pre & Post Embryo transplant treatment

IVF Preparation & side effect management

Relaxation & stress management

Natural fertility enhancement

Miscarriage support & recovery

General Womens Health conditions:

​Menopausal problems

Irregular Menstruation

PMT & Period Pain



Polycystic Ovaries

Hormonal Imbalances

Pregnancy support includes:

Turning breech Babies

Morning Sickness

Temperature Control


Pre birthing treatments

Natural Delivery support & pain relief

Back pain



Stress Relief and Relaxation: 


Believe it or not Acupuncture can be very relaxing.  By asking the body to simply relax, the nervous system responds to release signals to calm all body systems for a natural mood & energy boost.


Holistic style treatment may also assist to 're-calibrate' everyday body function to improve over all health, strength and vitality.


Traditional Chinese Medical theory suggests that by strengthening the body, the mind & spirit follow allowing energy, motivation and resilience to return.

A course of relaxation & balancing acupuncture treatment may help management of:



Adrenal Burnout


Emotional Strain

Depression/Low mood

Shock & Trauma recovery




Mental Health support

Heart break


Repressed Anger & frustration

Mind/body connection


Seasonal affective disorders


Illness recovery:


Major illness can be debilitating on many  levels. TCM Acupuncture may help manage symptoms and/or aid  recovery after conditions such as:


Glandular fever

long COVID

Chronic Fatigue





Because TCM works  holistically it may also  help to steady emotions & ease drug side effects during these  stressful times.

General Health:

Traditional Chinese Medicine has been the main source of treatment for many conditions for thousands of years.TCM Acupuncturists are trained to treat a wide range of health concerns such as:

Common general health concerns that may benefit from Acupuncture include:



Digestive upset



Hay fever



Skin Conditions

Immunity Boosts

Allergy Control

Cosmetic Acupuncture

Liver Cleansing

Metabolism balance



Hormonal changes

Period Pain

Menopause Management

Stop Smoking

Coughs & colds

Post viral recovery

For more information on how acupuncture works and the lastest research projects and evidence see:

The Acupuncture Evidence Project:

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