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At Shift at Brisbane Natural Health our acupuncture team’s number one priority is to leave you feeling relaxed and in a better state than when you came in. With experience in fertility, gut health, anxiety, moods and pain, our acupuncturists will help your body get back to how it’s meant to be.

If you haven’t tried acupuncture you don’t know what you’re missing. If you have then we guess that’s why you’re here!

So how exactly does acupuncture work? Well acupuncture is one of the oldest healing systems on earth, originating in China thousands of years ago. It works by stimulating your meridians and particular points on the body with fine needles to stimulate your innate healing response and supporting your body to come back into balance.

The techniques used aim to address the cause of your illness, alleviating symptoms and assisting your whole body to heal naturally.

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What can acupuncture help with?

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Because acupuncture works holistically on the body, it can help with a wide range of issues. At our clinic we commonly help patients that present with issues with their digestion, stress, sleep, hormones, skin, moods and fatigue. Acupuncture has been traditionally used for thousands of years to treat hundreds of different ailments.

Our wonderful acupuncturist at Shift Brisbane is Ava Nguyen. Ava has a wide range of experience and expertise. Call us on 07 3367 0337 and our client care team will ask you a couple of questions and to guide you with your booking.

Is there any evidence for acupuncture?

The evidence behind the use of acupuncture is mounting. The Acupuncture Evidence Project, which was conducted in 2017, found that acupuncture had evidence of effectiveness in 117 conditions, with stronger evidence for some conditions over others. The review found there to be strong evidence for acupuncture in the treatment of allergic rhinitis (hayfever), chronic lower back pain, headaches, knee osteoarthritis, migraines and postoperative nausea and pain.

There was also moderate evidence for the use of acupuncture in many conditions, including acute lower back pain, anxiety, asthma, pelvic or back pain during pregnancy, constipation, depression (with meds), hypertension (with meds), insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), labour pain, menopausal hot flushes, neck pain, PTSD, restless leg syndrome, schizophrenia (with meds), sciatica, shoulder pain, smoking cessation, and TMJ (jaw) pain.

Another area well researched for acupuncture is it’s use in infertility and IVF. This study shows that acupuncture in conjunction with IVF can improve success rates for example. For more on acupuncture in fertility and IVF, click here.

If you’re curious as to whether we have experience in treating your specific issue with acupuncture at our Brisbane clinic, call us on 07 3367 0337 and ask. You can even book a complimentary call with our acupuncturist to chat about your specific issue and see what might be needed.

Does acupuncture hurt?

There are many different types of acupuncture – ranging from relaxing to ouchy-ouchy. At Shift at Brisbane Natural Health we want you to leave feeling like you’re walking on a cloud, so we choose to provide gentle acupuncture only.

There may be times where your therapist may need to use discomfort to get a result during treatment. This is akin to getting into a knot during a deep tissue massage – your acupuncturist will always work with you and you can rest assured that sometimes this small amount of pain will lead to less pain for you moving forward.

Our patients usually leave the acupuncture room with what we endearingly call call ‘acupuncture face’ – that hazy blissed out look that shows they’ve just been taken to the relaxation zone.

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At your initial appointment, your acupuncturist will use traditional diagnostic techniques to assess your health. They may look at your tongue or feel your pulse and touch areas of your body to look for tightness and tenderness, which will guide them in which points they will use in treatment. They are looking for dysfunction and blockages in your energy pathways or Qi (Chi), that may be causing illness.


The acupuncture treatment will help your body to balance, right there on the table but also for some time afterwards. It is very common for our clients to notice changes right away on the table, even before they have left the clinic. As you begin your treatment process the body begins to renew and regenerate, and your symptoms begin to reduce.


Get back to where you want to be. Resolve or manage your issue so you can live a life that you love.

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Your initial appointment is one hour long and $129. This includes your full assessment and your first treatment on the table. Follow up appointments are $121 and are approximately 60 minutes long.

Yes! Health Fund rebates are available for all the major funds. To see if your policy covers acupuncture and to find out how much your rebate will be, contact your health fund.

You’re welcome to come wearing whatever you like – if we need to get to a part of your body then there’ll be plenty of towels for discretion and comfort.
Your practitioner will leave the room to allow you to undress and drape yourself with towels comfortably before they return. They will always knock on the door to ensure you are ready to go.
Please arrive 5 minutes prior to your appointment to sign a consent form and get yourself ready to go in to your session on time.
Your practitioner will take your history and find out what medicines you are consuming as well as any other treatments you’re receiving so that it compliments what you are already doing. Brisbane Natural Health is a collaborative practice and we like to work collectively with other modalities to ensure the best outcome for you.
As mentioned above, your acupuncture session should never be painful at our clinic. Our gentle style helps to give the most benefits with no irritation.

Acupuncture compliments other treatments and therapies quite well. You can have acupuncture alongside your naturopathic care, or if you also get massage or physiotherapy. Acupuncture is safe while pregnant, while in recovery and also in conjunction with medications. Be sure to tell your acupuncturist what other treatments you are having so that they can compliment them.

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Current wait time for a naturopathy appointment is approximately 2-3 weeks – be sure to check the next few weeks for availability if your search results come up blank. If you have an urgent concern that cannot wait, please call us on 07 3367 0337 and we will do our best to fit you in earlier.

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