Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Acupuncture and Chinese MedicineAcupuncture is an ancient system of medicine that’s been used to treat disease safely and effectively for thousands of years.  Acupuncture originated in China and has made its way to many parts of the world. Its foundations have remained relatively unchanged, and science is yet to explain why it works so well.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

We’ll start our discussion of Acupuncture here, because the biggest concern we hear from clients who are considering working with an acupuncturist is “Is it going to hurt?”

Let us assure you that you’re unlikely to feel a thing!

Firstly, the gauge (thickness) of acupuncture needles is teeny tiny – so thin you can barely see them when you hold them to the light. Because they’re very thin, they enter the skin easily.

Secondly, Acupuncturists are masters of their craft. They want you to feel incredibly relaxed, so they’ve worked hard to be experts at working with your meridian points without you noticing a thing.

While you’re on their table, your nervous system is unwinding. Your therapist is aiming, among other things, for contraction to ease throughout your system and for you to find a place of deep peace.

So no, it won’t hurt.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture treats the underlying causes of disease and illness.  It’s a holistic system that  addresses body, mind and emotions. Acupuncture offers drug-free relief for pain, whilst effectively treating a wide range of acute and chronic ailments.

Benefits of Acupuncture and TCM

Acupuncture is still – despite all the science in the world – a mysterious and intuitive practice.

There is, however, an increasing spread of peer-reviewed literature that supports the efficacy of acupuncture for a variety of illnesses and injuries. The clinical success of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine has been shown in the following health conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Acute and chronic pain
  • Back pain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Cold and flu
  • Anxiety
  • Depression and psycho emotional disorders
  • Digestive issues
  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Tinnitus
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Muscle aches and sporting injuries
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Skin problems
  • Women’s health 

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture at The Urban Alchemist, Carlton North, Melbourne

Using a holistic approach to understanding health and disease, Acupuncture focuses on both the prevention of illness and the condition at hand.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific points along the body’s meridians to clear energy blockages.  The energy that’s being moved is known as ‘Qi’ – pronounced “Chi”. Translated, Qi means life force.

Attuning specific Acupuncture points encourages the normal flow of Qi. The needles  used in sessions are disposable and used once.

Acupuncture Points

Chinese medicine operates on the principle that disease results from disruption in the flow of Qi and an imbalance in the forces of yin and yang. When we are healthy, an abundant supply of Qi flows through the body’s meridians – a network of invisible channels through the body. When our Qi is blocked, or in short supply, the body fails to maintain harmony.  This is when disease or illness happens. Acupuncture needles are inserted into ‘acupuncture points’ along the meridians to stimulate flow of Qi.

In addition to disease pathogens and environmental conditions, common lifestyle factors or bad habits can also disturb your natural flow of Qi.  TCM practitioners can diagnose disturbed Qi. If you’re a person who stresses, overworks or eats loads of junk food, for example, Chinese medicine can help to restore balance to your system.

Chinese Herbs

Chinese herbal medicines are often used to complement Acupuncture treatment. Herbs are unique in flavour, energy and action. Most herbs are used in combination to provide the greatest benefit to your body.  TCM and Acupuncture are gentle on your body and can help you return to your best quickly.

Some added benefits when using Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine may include:

  • Increased local blood circulation
  • Improved digestion and hormone production
  • A more balanced nervous system
  • Improved immune response
  • Stress relief
  • Reduced cholesterol levels
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Added assistance in the fight against bacteria and viruses
  • More efficient removal of muscle lactic acid

Acupuncture Collingwood, Clifton Hill and Fitzroy

Located close to Fitzroy North, Fitzroy and Collingwood we offer Acupuncture treatments to clients from all surrounding areas including support Brunswick, Brunswick East and Northcote. Your efforts towards health are celebrated at The Urban Alchemist. We provide many complementary integrative services and our practitioners treat to the highest professional standard, so please get in touch.


  • Initial consultation ~ 75 minutes ~ $130
  • Return consultation ~ 60 minutes ~ $110
  • Return consultation ~ 45 minutes ~ $90

Claim your treatment through HicapsHicaps private health insurance claiming may be available on your treatment. We recommend you contact your health fund to confirm your eligibility to claim.

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