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. 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.
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.
Ki Acupuncture in Lyneham is a group of skilled acupuncturists treating issues including pain, chronic fatigue, frozen shoulders, insomnia, fertility and other women’s problems. Highly trained, registered practitioners work one-on-one with clients and can treat multiple conditions simultaneously, leading to faster results. The first 15-minute consultation is free.
Iman Shirinia wrote on Google, “It’s nice to feel understood and have confidence in your practitioner after a long history of trial and error with treatment.”
The team of practitioners at the Capital Health Centre of Traditional Chinese Medicine all have formal qualifications, are experts in their fields and have years of experience in helping clients feel better with acupuncture and other holistic services. Located in Canberra city, Belconnen and Woden, the centre was founded by Dr Qiong Xu and Dr Harvey Wang.
Acupuncturists insert very fine, sterile needles into acupoints along meridians and energy pathways to clear blockages and encourage the normal flow of life energy through the body. This approach to treating and preventing body imbalances has been practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years. It’s effective, natural and increasingly popular for most mental, physical and emotional illnesses and effective for both children and adults. Acupuncture may even help people lose weight and stop smoking.
Along with acupuncture, the Capital Health Centre of Traditional Chinese Medicine offer services cupping, scrubbing, moxibustion, Chinese massage and herbal medicine.
Satisfied customer Ralitsa Dimitrova wrote on Google, “Fantastic professionalism, competent and caring doctors, friendly staff, clean practice. As a patient with more than 5 years’ experience with them, I would highly recommend the clinic to everyone looking for traditional Chinese medicine services.”
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!”
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.”
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.”
Weston Acupuncture & Naturopathic Clinic provides health care services for the treatment of most illnesses in children and adults. The clinic has been running for more than 30 years under Nicoletta Cella, an expert in traditional Chinese medicine, naturopathy and remedial massage. Clients have improved their lifestyle, happiness and general wellbeing. The Qi facial rejuvenation treatment activates and maintains healthy radiant skin.
As Elizabeth Waddell wrote on Google, “Five visits and no aches, pains and/or restricted movement after a two-year knee problem.”
Director Wesley Smith has a range of wellness services available at his Manuka spa and clinic. From acupuncture to remedial massage, cupping, dry needling, kinesiology and osteopathy Live Well Spa and Wellness Centre is dedicated to improving health. With a special interest in the treatment of stress anxiety and depression, Wesley was drawn to this profession through practicing yoga and meditation.
As Google reviewer Josie Brown says, “Very welcoming centre with a large variety of wellness services.”
Your experience with acupuncturists in Canberra
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