If your body, mind or soul has ever felt out of balance, you may have thought to turn to an acupuncturist to help.
Acupuncture is an ancient medical practice, originating in China more than 2,000 years ago. It’s still widely used today and is considered a complementary therapy. Acupuncture helps to restore balance and harmony in body and mind. Most acupuncturists adopt a holistic approach to treating modern-day issues relating to mental and physical body imbalances. This includes pain management, stress management, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety and women’s needs. It can even be used for hay fever, reflux and headaches.
In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing an appropriately qualified acupuncturist, and share where to find the best in Canberra.
What makes a great acupuncturist?
Choosing the right acupuncturist is key. Acupuncturists need to be equipped with the necessary knowledge, training, skills and expertise required to deliver effective results.
It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing an acupuncturist.
- Training and qualifications. You should ask your acupuncturist about their education, training and certifications. If they don’t have formal qualifications, then you might want to search for someone else. It’s ideal if your acupuncturist is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) on its website. Search for registered Chinese medicine practitioners.
- Experience. Look for an acupuncturist who has specific experience in your particular issue. If you’re have back pain or suffer from stress, for example, make sure the acupuncturists you select has experience or specialises in those areas. The more experience they have the better your results are likely to be.
- Communication. You’ll want an acupuncturist who you feel comfortable talking to but also one who can clearly explain what your issues are, what your treatment will be and other things you need to know.
- Referrals. What others have to say can provide insight into how an acupuncturist provides care and how well their clinic operates. Ask for referrals or check this on the acupuncturist’s website. You can also search online for reviews.
- Health fund registration. You might need to know in advance if your health insurance covers acupuncture. If it does, look for an acupuncturist who is registered with your fund.
The best acupuncturists in Canberra
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To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on Riotact and Facebook, as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
Founder of Capital Complementary Therapies Centre, Dennis Yu, offers services including pain management, anxiety management, pregnancy, fertility, and remedies for skin and digestive problems. His team of practitioners have their own specialties. The centre, in Braddon, offers flexible opening hours.
Reece Cummings wrote on Google, “Originally, I saw Dennis many years ago for a shoulder treatment when regular physio treatments weren’t working, and now he is my first port of call for any physical injury and also for regular sessions. I couldn’t recommend him more.”
Also known as Chenzen Acupuncture Canberra, this practice boasts 20 years experience. Owned by Dr Chen, a highly skilled acupuncturist, Chenzen Wellness Centre helps people overcome pain, improve their sleep and digestion issues as well as restore motional balance. Dr Chen's diverse background has seen him practice all over the world and is a published author as well as Tai Chi instructor. Best of all Chen is so easy to talk to and makes all his clients feel welcome.
As Nivine Bazzi reviewed on Google, "Chen is an incredibly effective practitioner with a great personality to boot. His gentle, holistic approach and invaluable advice have helped me overcome a multitude of issues. I can't recommend him enough. Thank you Chen!"
Dennis Yu is a qualified doctor of Chinese medicine who believes in alternative treatments for those who feel unwell, even though their GP or medical professional has assured them nothing is wrong. After a consultation to determine symptoms, Dennis recommends safe and effective therapy at his Bunda Street clinic (open 7 days).
As Liew Wei Da Andrew wrote on Google, “Dr Yu is a reliable Chinese physician. I go to him to treat shingles, muscle injuries and nerve pain. He exhibits great patience and shows care …”
Third generation acupuncturist and clinic director, Dr Charles Y Cai has over 20 years experience and extraordinary knowledge in his chosen field.
His team of 9 staff offer a further range of knowledge and experience in acupuncture, massage and moxibustion. Based in Turner this well priced friendly practice is open Monday to Saturday.
As Elizabeth Smith wrote on Google, "The treatment I received from Charles was much more than just acupuncture and the results were miraculous. The combination of acupuncture and massage quickly alleviated all my pain and depression, and noticeably sped up the recovery."
Your experience with acupuncturists in Canberra
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a complementary therapy. It uses metal needles to stimulate points in the body, often with the addition of manual manipulation, heat or electrical stimulation. Some practitioners use lasers instead of needles to stimulate the acupuncture points.
Is acupuncture safe?
When performed by a suitably trained practitioner, acupuncture is generally considered to be safe for most people, but any procedure that involves puncturing the skin with needles or manipulating the human body carries some risk. Ask your acupuncturists about potential side effects.
What should I expect during an acupuncture treatment?
Typical sessions start with a discussion of your issues and a physical examination. The acupuncturist should then discuss possible treatments with you. During a treatment your acupuncturist will either insert fine metal needles (much thinner than those used to take blood). The process is usually painless. The needles are left for about 20 minutes (the time varies depending on your issue). They may be turned during your session and then are removed at the end. You lie still during your session.
Do I need a referral from my doctor to see an acupuncturist?
No but if you’re thinking of using acupuncture as a treatment you should talk to your doctor about any possible conditions you have, or medicines you’re taking, that could be a problem.
Where can I find an acupuncturist?
You can check online, but it’s important to check if your acupuncturist is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) on its website. Search for registered Chinese medicine practitioners.