Treatment with Acupuncture

Please note that under national law claims of the efficacy of treatment are required to be made with reference to evidence of a high standard. Traditionally treatment with Acupuncture has been used to assist a wide variety of conditions however not all have evidence of efficacy. The following conditions have been listed based on a range of strong evidence to inconclusive evidence. For any clarification you please view the Acupuncture Evidence Project. To date, additional conditions may have a potential benefit using acupuncture and Chinese medicine however current western scientific evidence does not exist for these.

In 2012, Acupuncture and Chinese medicine became nationally regulated under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, AHPRA. This body is also responsible for regulating medical doctors, nurses, midwives, physiotherapists, psychologists, chiropractors, osteopaths, dentists, podiatrists, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners, paramedics, optometrists, pharmacists, radiologists and occupational therapists. Regulation assists you the public to ensure the registered practitioner acupuncturists and Chinese medicine practitioner you visit has the appropriate level of training and skills required to ensure the best and safest possible care.

In addition to educational requirements, AHPRA has very specific and strict advertising guidelines that prevent practitioners from making misleading claims.

Chinese medicine has been documented as far back as 2000 years and evidence of its practice goes back much further. This documentation lists a wide range of symptoms and conditions that may be addressed using acupuncture and Chinese medicine. However, within the advertising guidelines, no condition can be listed without having been extensively researched and had that research approved by AHPRA.

The current research for acupuncture and Chinese medicine in the Cochrane library now totals over 12,000 systematic reviews, randomized control trials however less than 10 conditions have been approved by AHPRA for Chinese medicine practitioners to mention in their advertising material.

As a result, you may have heard or had a query about whether Chinese medicine and acupuncture can be helpful with conditions not listed on this website. We would encourage you to contact us about any condition you need assistance with to discuss the particulars of your individual health needs and provide you with more information on Chinese medicine and how it may assist you.

What conditions can we mention Chinese medicine can assist with that are in accordance with the national law?

  • Acupuncture and herbs are both an integral part of Chinese medicine practice, which may help patients to manage a range of symptoms including pain, stress and fatigue.
  • Management of pain, stress and fatigue related to some autoimmune disorders, in consultation with other treating health practitioners
  • Management of pain, fatigue and nausea related to many chronic diseases
  • Management of vomiting or nausea arising from chemotherapy
  • Chronic pain related to depression by managing the underlying chronic pain.
  • Fertility as an adjunct with IVF treatment
  • Pregnancy related pain
  • Nausea and vomiting.
 Click on this recent research link to see what conditions Acupuncture can treat-  Acupuncture Evidence Project   


Please let us know if you would like more information or if there is something else we can help you with to bring you back to optimum health and wellbeing.

Mark McAuliffe has been in practice since 1988 and brings a wealth of knowledge, training and experience to improve your health outcome.

To find out more about how he can help or to make an appointment please contact us.

Our clinic provides Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Nutrition, Bowen Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy, Reiki, diet, exercise and lifestyle advice to service locally Mackay, North Mackay, West Mackay, East Mackay, South Mackay, Andergrove,Beaconsfield, Blacks Beach, Bucasia, Cremorne, Dolphin Heads, Eimeo Erakala, Foulden, Glenella, Mackay Harbour, MountPleasant, Nindaroo, Ooralea, Paget, Racecourse, Richmond, Shoal Point, Slade Point, Te Kowai