Acupuncture, Brisbane

What is acupuncture and does it work?

Acupuncture is one of the many treatments that belong to the wider application of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific sites and locations of the body and these points are chosen depending on the presenting complaint. Acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years with clear documentation dating back to at least 300 BC. Acupuncture, like all medical interventions has evolved over this time with each generation growing the knowledge and application of the practice. So, although it is one of the oldest lasting medical interventions it is continually kept up to date and is a viable intervention for most modern complaints and concerns.

Acupuncture benefits a wide range of conditions and complaints

Acupuncture, especially with the combination of herbal medicine and supplementation has a significant amount of scientific evidence supporting its use in providing a viable intervention for many health concerns that patients experience, including:



Does Acupuncture hurt?

Performed correctly Acupuncture should be more or less painless, occasionally a patient may feel a slight sting for a fraction of a second upon the initial insertion of the needles (An acupuncturist uses needles about one tenth of the thickness of a standard immunisation needle).

Who can perform Acupuncture?

In Australia it is illegal to claim to be an Acupuncturist or to perform Acupuncture without being registered and Accredited by AHPRA (they're the government body who registers and regulates GPs, Specialists, Dentists, etc) as an Acupuncturist or practitioner of Chinese Medicine. The minimum standard of education in order to become accredited is a 4 year Bachelors degree in Acupuncture. So you know that when you see Ben Ludlow, our expert Acupuncturist, you are in safe, qualified, and highly experienced hands. For your safety, always check that if you are receiving Acupuncture, or anything that resembles Acupuncture elsewhere that you are seeing a registered Acupuncturist, if it resembles Acupuncture and is not being called Acupuncture, this may be because the person is not suitably qualified to perform Acupuncture and may have very little or no training.

Want to know more about Acupuncture or speak with your expert Acupuncturist in Brisbane?

Ben Ludlow is happy to speak with you over the phone if you have any questions. Call the Clinic on or alternatively you can ask us online.

How long will my acupuncture appointment take?

Initial appointments with our Brisbane acupuncturists typically last 60 minutes.


Follow-up appointments last 30-45 minutes.

What to expect at your first appointment

In you initial appointment, your acupuncturist will take a detailed history of your complaint.


You will receive acupuncture treatment and your acupuncturist will develop a treatment plan with regards to resolving your complaint.


As required you may be prescribed Chinese herbal medicine or supplements, as well as exercises, lifestyle, and dietary advice so that you may self-care at home.

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