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The Chinese Medicine Board of Australia states that Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine treatment may be able to assist with (1):

  • Stress that is related to chronic pain by managing the underlying pain, rather than treating the diseases.
  • Chronic pain related to depression by managing the underlying chronic pain, rather than treating the depression itself.
  • Management of pain, stress and fatigue related to some autoimmune disorders, in consultation with your treating health practitioner/s.
  • Management of pain, fatigue and nausea related to many chronic diseases.
  • Management of vomiting or nausea arising from chemotherapy.
  • Pregnancy related musculoskeletal pains.
  • Pregnancy related Nausea and vomiting.

Many health practitioners may recommend acupuncture as an adjunct treatment that may assist with IVF treatment. There is continuing research about how acupuncture can assist with the effectiveness of IVF treatment and you should consult your treating practitioner/s about how acupuncture may be able to
help you. (2-5)

Chinese Medicine is generally considered to be safe, but occasionally (as with all health treatments) may be associated with possible adverse reactions in individual cases.

Areas of services

Research has shown that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine may assist with managing pain or stress and other symptoms associated with the following conditions:

  • Headache (6.7.8)
  • Lower Back Pain (9.10.11)
  • Natural Fertility: The practitioner has particular interested in providing consultation this area (well-being, stress management, relaxation) to help manage stress throughout the journey with fertility. (12-16)
  • Acid Reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). (17, 18)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (19, 20, 21)
  • Insomnia and anxiety (22-25)


1) Chinese Medicine Board of AustraliaAustralian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency –
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2) Zanettoullis AT, Mastorakos G, Vakas P, Vlahos N, Valsamakis G. Effect of Stress on Each of the Stages of the IVF Procedure: A Systematic Review. Int J MolSci. 2024 Jan 5;25(2):726. doi: 10.3390/ijms25020726.
PMID: 38255800; PMCID: PMC10815004.

3) Ha, J. Y., Park, H. J., & Ban, S. H. (2022). Efficacy of psychosocial interventions for pregnancy rates of infertile women undergoing in vitro fertilization: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of
Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology,44(1). https://doi.org/10.1080/0167482X.2022.2142777

4) Hullender Rubin, Lee E.Smith, Caroline A.Schnyer,Rosa N.Tahir, Peggy, Pasch, Lauri A, Effect of
acupuncture on IVF-related anxiety: a systematic review and meta-analysis, Reproductive BioMedicine Online, volume 45, issue1, p 69-80, July 2022, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rbmo.2022.02.002

5) Caroline A. Smith, Mike Armour, Zewdneh Shewamene, Hsiewe Ying Tan, Robert J. Norman, Neil
P. Johnson, Acupuncture performed around the time of embryo transfer: a systematic review and meta- analysis, Reproductive BioMedicine Online, Volume 38, Issue 3,2019 Pages 364-379, ISSN 1472-6483,

6) Arifa Turkistani , Arpita Shah , Arunima Mariya Jose , Joao Pedro Melo , Kanita Luenam , Patricia Ananias , Sayma Yaqub , Lubna Mohammed , Effectiveness of Manual Therapy and Acupuncture in Tension-Type Headache: A Systematic Review, Cureus, . 2021 ,Aug ,31;13(8):e17601. PMID: 34646653,PMCID: PMC8483450, DOI: 10.7759/cureus.17601, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34646653/

7) A Ming-Qian Ou, Wei-Hao Fan, Fu-Rong Sun, Wan-Xin Jie, Mei-Jun Lin, Yu-Jie Cai, Shi-Yun Liang, Yang-Sheng Yu, Min-Hua Li, Li-Li Cui, and Hai-Hong Zhou, , systematic Review and Meta-analysis of the Therapeutic Effect of Acupuncture on Migraine, Front Neurol. 2020; 11: 596. PMCID: PMC7344239,PMID:32714268, doi:10.3389/fneur.2020.00596 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7344239/

8) Wen-Lin Kang , Xian-Jun Xiao , Rong Fan , Dong-Ling Zhong , Yu-Xi Li , Jian She, Juan Li1, Yue Feng , Rong-Jiang Jin, Acupuncture for tension-type headache: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials, Front Neurol, . 2023 May 10:13:943495.
PMID: 37234488, PMCID: PMC10208222, DOI:10.3389/fneur.2022.943495,

9) Xuan Su, Hong Qian, Biyu Chen, Wenjuan Fan, Danghan Xu, Chunzhi Tang, Liming Lu, Acupuncture for acute low back pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis, Annals of Palliative Medicine, Vol 10, No 4 (April 30, 2021) / ^ORCID: 0000-0001-9491-5815.

10) Yan, Wx., Lin, Hz., Wang, X. et al. Acupuncture for Low Back Pain: Reevaluation of Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses. Curr Pain Headache Rep 27, 351–369 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11916-023-01139-w

11) Maria Giovanardi , Marien Gonzalez-Lorenzo , Alessandra Poini , Eleonora Marchi , Antonio Culcasi , Francesco Ursini , Cesare Faldini , Alberto Di Martino , Umberto Mazzanti , Emanuela Campesato , Annunzio Matrà , Sabina Cevoli , Maria Grazia Benedetti, Acupuncture as an alternative or in addition to conventional treatment for chronic non-specific low back pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis, Integrative Medicine Research, Volume 12, Issue 3, September 2023, 100972, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.imr.2023.100972,

12)Skoracka K, Ratajczak AE, Rychter AM, Dobrowolska A, Krela-Kaźmierczak I. Female Fertility and the Nutritional Approach: The Most Essential Aspects. Adv Nutr. 2021 Dec 1;12(6):2372-2386. doi: 10.1093/advances/nmab068. PMID: 34139003; PMCID: PMC8634384. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8634384/

13) Sophia Torkel, Rui Wang, Robert J Norman, Lijun Zhao, Kai Liu, Dana Boden, Wentong Xu, Lisa Moran, Stephanie Cowan, Barriers and enablers to a healthy lifestyle in people with infertility: a mixed-methods systematic review, Human Reproduction Update, 2024;, dmae011, https://doi.org/10.1093/humupd/dmae011

14) Simon Alesi, Nahal Habibi, Thais Rasia Silva, Nicole Cheung, Sophia Torkel, Chau Thien Tay, Alejandra Quinteros, Hugo Winter, Helena Teede, Aya Mousa, Jessica A Grieger, Lisa J Moran, Assessing the influence of preconception diet on female fertility: a systematic scoping review of observational studies, Human Reproduction Update, Volume 29, Issue 6, November-December 2023, Pages 811–828, https://doi.org/10.1093/humupd/dmad018

15) Tavousi SA, Behjati M, Milajerdi A, Mohammadi AH. Psychological assessment in infertility: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Front Psychol. 2022 Oct 28;13:961722. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.961722. PMID: 36389481; PMCID: PMC9650266

16) Ju-Young Ha, Seon-Hwa Ban, Effects of Mind–Body Programs on Infertile Women: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials, Asian Nursing Research, Volume 15, Issue 2,2021, Pages 77-88,ISSN 1976-1317, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anr.2021.02.003.

17) Li D, Zhu L, Liu D. Acupuncture for refractory gastro-oesophageal reflux disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis protocol. BMJ Open. 2019 Aug 26;9(8):e030713. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2019-030713. PMID: 31455714; PMCID: PMC6721822. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6721822/

18) Liu J, Huang J, Zhang B, Yin X, Lv M, Liu Z, Wang F, Tang X. Treatment of the Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease with Chinese Herbal Medicine (BanxiaXiexin Decoction): Evidence from Meta-Analysis. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2022 Jun 15;2022:1500660. doi: 10.1155/2022/1500660. PMID: 35754695; PMCID: PMC9217598.

19) Jing Yan, Zhi-Wei Miao, Jun Lu, Fei Ge, Li-Hua Yu and Wen-Bin Shang, Acupuncture plus Chinese Herbal Medicine for Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Diarrhea: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, From: Evidence – Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2019 Apr, 14., :2019:7680963. PMID: 31110553,PMCID: PMC6487118, DOI: 10.1155/2019/7680963

20) Hyejin Jun 1 2, Seok-Jae Ko 1 2 3, Keumji Kim 2, Jinsung Kim 2 3, Jae-Woo Park 1 2 3, An Overview of Systematic Reviews of Herbal Medicine for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Front Pharmacol,.2022 May 18:13:894122. PMID: 35662700,PMCID: PMC9158123, DOI: 10.3389/fphar.2022.894122

21)Giuseppe Chiarioni, Stefan Lucian Popa, Stefan Lucian Popa, Abdulrahman Ismaiel, Cristina Pop, Dinu Iuliu Dumitrascu, Vlad Dumitru Brata, Traian Adrian Duse, Victor Incze and, Teodora Surdea-Blaga, Herbal Remedies for Constipation-Predominant Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials, Nutrients 2023, 15(19), 4216; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu15194216

22) Hui-Juan Cao, Mei-Li Yu, Li-Qiong Wang, Yu-Tong Fei, Hao Xu, and Jian-Ping Liu, Acupuncture for Primary Insomnia: An Updated Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials, The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 2019 25:5, 451-474

23) Fei-Yi Zhao, Qiang-Qiang Fu, Gerard A. Kennedy, Russell Conduit, Wen-Jing Zhang, Wen-Zhong Wu, Zhen Zheng,
Can acupuncture improve objective sleep indices in patients with primary insomnia? A systematic review and meta-analysis, Sleep Medicine,Volume 80,2021, Pages 244-259, ISSN 1389-9457,

24) Yang, Xy., Yang, Nb., Huang, Ff. et al. Effectiveness of acupuncture on anxiety disorder: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Ann Gen Psychiatry 20, 9 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12991-021-00327-5.

25) Zhiwei XuID, Xuecheng Zhang, Hongshuo Shi, Minghao Liang, Fenglan Ning, Qi Wang, Hongling Jia, Efficacy of acupuncture for anxiety and depression in functional dyspepsia: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Peer reviewed, PLOS ONE, Published: March 7, 2024: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0298438

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