Acupuncture Torquay

Acupuncture Torquay is available on Tuesday and Friday with Shura Ford.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a core therapy of Traditional Chinese medicine. It involves placing fine needles into specific points along meridian lines of the body.  The needles used in acupuncture are made from very fine surgical steel. Needle sizes, otherwise known as needle gauge, vary from 0.25mm or 0.10mm.  Acupuncture has a long history of usage not only in China but also in Japan, Korea and Vietnam.

What happens in an acupuncture treatment?

During an acupuncture session needles are inserted into selected acupuncture points and retained for around 30 minutes. Contrary to expectations, acupuncture is not painful.  Acupuncture elicit’s a deeply relaxing feeling owing to the affect on endorphin release. Many people fall asleep during a treatment because of this relaxation effect.  Acupuncture is regularly combined with other techniques as part of a Chinese medicine treatment, including moxibustion, cupping and infrared therapy.

Acupuncture points

There are hundreds of acupuncture points on the body. Each point has an individual nature, function and attributes. Acupuncture points are located along energy pathways known as meridians. Acupuncture points exist all over the body including on the arms, legs, head, chest and abdomen. Meridians are found on the front and also the back of the body. Points are selected as part of a treatment after a practitioner completes a through assessment of the patient. 


An acupressure treatment stimulates acupuncture points using pressure instead of needles. Acupressure treatments are commonly used with children, sensitive individuals or needle phobic patients in place of acupuncture.

Dry needling vs acupuncture

Acupuncture and dry needling are not the same, although many people are not aware of this. The experience of these therapies is however very different for patients. A key difference between acupuncture and dry needling is Chinese medicine philosophy and a holistic approach to treatment.

What is acupuncture used for?

Acupuncture is used throughout the world for a variety of ailments. In China acupuncture it is administered in a hospital environment in conjunction with Western medicine. Acupuncture is also utilised for health maintenance and general wellbeing. Shura has a particular interest in using acupuncture as a therapy for women’s health  and cosmetic acupuncture as well as for pain and relaxation. She uses acupuncture to support patients with a variety of health concerns.

Above all, acupuncture supports the body to return to balance. In other words a symptom or disease is an expression of imbalance in the body. 

If you would like to discuss how acupuncture can be used in your individual situation please contact us.  

AACMA provide information on acupuncture evidence.

Enjoy Acupuncture Torquay Surfcoast in combination with the natural beauty of Torquay. There is a huge range of activities to do on the Surfcoast. Explore the region via  Torquay information centre

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