What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the keystones of Traditional Chinese Medicine that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points of the body to stimulate its energy pathways, which are also known as meridians. Stimulating the acupuncture points helps rebalance the flow of qi, otherwise known as life force or energy, within the different organs, tissues and glands of the body to prevent pain and other ailments.

What Conditions Can be Treated With Acupuncture?

Acupuncture supports the body's natural healing abilities by addressing the disruption of energy flow along the meridians that connect thousands of acupuncture points. In the TCM framework, a blockage in the energy pathway causes disease. So, by inserting acupuncture needles into strategic points on the body, the acupuncturist can treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Allergies
  • Chronic pain
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Addiction
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea caused by cancer treatment
  • Dental pain
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Skin conditions
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Addiction
  • Musculoskeletal issues

How Much Does Acupuncture in Adelaide Cost?

The cost of acupuncture treatment in Adelaide depends on the type of treatment that is needed to address a specific health condition. The level of complexity of the procedure, the length of the treatment session and the qualifications of the practitioner will also factor in the total cost of the service. An initial consultation with an acupuncturist in Adelaide will typically range from $105 to $175. Follow-up visits roughly cost between $50 and $85.

How Many Acupuncturists Does Adelaide Have?

Australia has more than 4,000 acupuncturists registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA), according to a 2014 study on the practice of acupuncture in Australia (Zhen Zheng, RMIT University). A little over five percent of the registrants are located in Adelaide and other suburbs of South Australia. Many of them have an extensive clinical experience of acupuncture, which they combine with other modalities, such as chiropractic, herbal medicine, remedial massage and moxibustion, to ensure optimal health outcomes.   

How Many People in Adelaide Use Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is used by rather a small number of Australians in Adelaide and the rest of South Australia, given the low numbers of practitioners of this complementary therapy in this state. It is commonly used by people who have obtained a higher level of education for the treatment of pain and chronic musculoskeletal conditions.