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What is acupuncture?

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. At Shift at Brisbane Natural Health we have a specialist team of acupuncturists with years of experience. 

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Our Brisbane Acupuncture Clinic


Your initial acupuncture appointment is one hour long and costs $135. This includes your full assessment and your first treatment. Follow up appointments are $125 and are approximately one hour long.


Call us on 07 3367 0337 and our client care team will ask you a couple of questions and guide you with your booking.


Please arrive at least 5 minutes before your appointment time. This will ensure you are relaxed and ready for your appointment. 


There may be times when your therapist may need to use discomfort to get a result during treatment. This is like getting into a knot during a deep tissue massage.  Your acupuncturist will always communicate this to you and often, this small amount of pain will lead to less pain for you moving forward.

Our Brisbane Acupuncturists

We have a wonderful specialist team of acupuncturists at Shift at Brisbane Natural Health. Dr Zarah Adaniel is our lead acupuncturist with expertise in fertility, pregnancy, cosmetic acupuncture and women’s health.

Learn more about Dr Adaniel here.

What we treat and help

Acupuncture has been traditionally used for thousands of years to treat hundreds of different ailments. Because acupuncture works holistically on the body, it can help with a wide range of health issues including:

Related acupuncture treatments and services

Fertility acupuncture

Our acupuncturists can assist with natural fertility. Using specific fertility acupuncture techniques, Shift Acupuncturists assist Brisbane couples undergoing IVF to IUI to improve their chances of becoming pregnant. By stimulating specific points that are associated with reproductive organs, it is possible to promote the flow of qi, which means more balanced energies within the body – in other words, a more harmonious environment for conception. For more information head here. 

Pregnancy acupuncture

Our acupuncturists offer pregnancy acupuncture in Brisbane on a daily basis and can see couples together or alone. Our team has the knowledge and experience to help improve your chances of conception, whether you’re using acupuncture as a primary or complementary treatment.

Techniques used during acupuncture treatments

We use a range of techniques to address the cause of your illness, alleviate your symptoms and assist your whole body to heal naturally.

How acupuncture works

The art of acupuncture involves the insertion of fine sterile needles into specific locations, to stimulate the body to heal itself. For more on how acupuncture works read below, or head here

Your first appointment

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.

During the treatment

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.

After your visit

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.

After your appointment you will feel relaxed and calm and ready to face the rest of your day. 

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No, it does not hurt. Your acupuncture session should never be painful. Our gentle style of acupuncture helps to give you the most health benefits with no irritation.

Our initial appointments are 60 minutes long and follow up appointments are 60 minutes long. During your initial appointment, your acupuncturist will spend some time talking through your medical history and assessing you before the acupuncture starts. 

No, it is important to know that acupuncture and dry needling are two very distinct modalities.

Dry needling is based upon the western medicine paradigm. It is used for soft tissue correction, which involves inserting extremely fine and painless needles into muscle fibres, causing a local twitch response. This, in turn, helps to deactivate and resolve trigger points in the muscle and release constriction. Many health professionals use dry needling as a method for the treatment of musculoskeletal pain, including myotherapists, physiotherapists, podiatrists and even some GPs.

Acupuncture, on the other hand, is based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine and the stimulation of Qi (pronounce Chi). Acupuncture diagnoses using complex theories, meaning only a qualified and registered Acupuncturist or Chinese Medicine practitioner can treat with acupuncture. 

Yes, acupuncture complements other treatments and therapies quite well. You can have acupuncture alongside your naturopathic care or if you also have 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 complement them.

Your acupuncturist will take your medical history and find out what medicines you are taking, as well as any other treatments you’re receiving so that it complements what you are already doing. Shift at Brisbane Natural Health is a collaborative practice and we like to work collectively with other health modalities to ensure the best outcome for you.

Yes! Health Fund rebates are available from all of the major health 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 that is covered, then there will be plenty of towels for discretion and comfort.

No, 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 at least 5 minutes prior to your appointment to sign a consent form and get yourself ready to go in to your session on time.

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