Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe? What qualifications do you have?


Australian acupuncturists have very strict guidelines. In order to practice acupuncture you must be qualified with a minimum 4 year degree and be registered with AHPRA and a national professional association. Every  year we are required to do additional learning to maintain registration.

All needles are single use to prevent cross infection and we adhere to strict OH&S guidelines at Eastern Therapies. When done by one of our trained professionals acupuncture is extremely safe, and there is an extremele low chance of side effects.

What is that smell when i enter the clinic?

That is Moxibustion, a traditional Chinese herb that is made from dried mugwort root. If you do not smell Moxa when you enter an acupuncture clinic turn around and go somewhere else


Does it hurt?

Generally the patient will not feel anything. The Traditional Japanese Acupuncture practiced at eastern Therapies uses needles thinner than most other acupuncturists, and comparable to the diameter of a hair. Some patients feel slight discomfort on the insertion of the needle, but this does not last.

No pain, does not mean there is no sensation.

Some common responses include tingling, aching, heaviness, warmth and feelings of electricity.

How many sessions do I have to come for treatment?

The number of treatments needed will vary for each person, and is dependant on the type of condition and the length of time you’ve had the condition ( acute or chronic ) and the persons constitution.

Generally speaking acute conditions require 3 – 6 treatments, whilst some patients need to come for a year to create meaningful change. We suggest that patients coming for fertility issues come for at least 3 cycles in order to regulate hormonal balance.

What is the cost of the treatment?

Your initial consultation and treatment will cost $140. Every follow up treatment is $96 (less your healthfund rebate).

We also offer concessions for students, seniors and children, and have 10pack discounts that may be better suited for you.

If you have any further questions about pricing please call and enquire on 0400 331 321, we will be happy to assist you.

What is the difference between Japanese and Chinese Acupuncture?

Whilst every acupuncturist you visit will be unique, Japanese acupuncture has come to be identified by a number of key elements.

These include:

More gentle – Japanese acupuncture generally utilises smaller gauge needles and inserts them at a shallower depth.

Palpation – a large focus is placed on palpating (touch) before treating. A practice that developed from the blind acupuncturists of Japan. Touch is used to diagnose and accurately insert needles

Moxa – Moxabustion or the ‘mugwort plant’ is used in many forms by Japanese acupuncturists. Its warming nature is used to improve circulation and strengthen treatment results.

What is the difference between dry needling and acupuncture?

Dry needling can be seen as a subcatagory of acupuncture. Simply put dry needling involves needling a muscles trigger points with strong stimulation. Brought into popularity in the late nineties by Janet Travell, dry needling is now practiced by many physical therapists around the world. In order to learn and practice dry needling in Australia you must attend a 2 weekend course. Therapist who practice dry needling can only needle the problem area. They have no ability to diagnose for complex problems within the acupuncture framework.

Acupuncture is over 3000 years old, and relies on careful palpation and knowledge of both Western anatomy and the channel networks, organ pathophysiology  and connections to locate acupuncture points, which lie on meridians and help the flow of qi and blood to help create balance in the body. Acupuncturists require a minimum 4 year Bachelors Degree.

Do you recommend any Chinese herb after acupuncture?

The combination of Chinese herbs and acupuncture produces very effective outcomes for many conditions. Herbs will only be prescribed if they are deemed necessary on a case by case basis. Our qualified practitioners will talk with you if they think you could benefit from taking them.

*Chinese Herbs are provided in tablets or granule form and are taken with water.

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