What is acupuncture?

Individual expression of disease can be varied, even when the illness is categorically the same. The approach of Chinese medicine is too look at the wider picture, to examine the expression of the imbalance and the effects it is having on the whole body physically, emotionally and spiritually. A comprehensive diagnosis will allow the information to form a pattern from which a treatment plan can be devised.

Specifically chosen points on the body will be used to stimulate, influence, redirect, decrease or increase certain body functions or substances with the aim of restoring the body back to a state of health or harmony.

The treatment itself involves the insertion of very fine needles into carefully selected points of the body, in some cases the needles may also be stimulated by a mild electric current or heat. Other complimentary practices such as cupping, massage or moxa can accompany the treatment.

What can acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture is for suitable for almost everyone. Acupuncture can treat specific disorders, relieve symptoms, help manage chronic ongoing issues and reduce complications and for some reduce the need for surgery. You don’t have to be sick to benefit; indeed, many use it as an effective form of preventative medicine that can correct underlying issues or niggles before they develop into something more serious.

Common conditions that are known to respond to acupuncture include:

  • Pain, including back pain, sciatica, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow and arthritis
  • Stress
  • Headaches, including migraines
  • Sinus and hayfever
  • Gynaecological conditions, such as painful or irregular periods and endometriosis
  • Infertility (male and female) and IVF support
  • Pregnancy, including support and the inducement of labour
  • Menopause symptoms
  • Weight loss
  • Digestive problems, such as irritable bowel syndrome, constipation and diarrhoea
  • Chronic diseases, including chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Chemotherapy induced nausea

What happens at an acupuncture session?

At the initial acupuncture session you will be asked about your current health and the condition you wish to have treated. This may include a discussion about appetite, sleep, pain, thirst, stress levels, past accidents or surgery, medications and your energy levels. During this the quality of breathing and sound of the voice will be noticed, pulse may be taken and the tongue looked at.

All these things provide valuable insight into the issue and provide a pattern that can used to treat in the most effective way possible for you. The area to be treated may also be physically examined to determine any areas of pain or tenderness.

Prior to starting the treatment approach to be used will be discussed with you. The treatment may include: acupuncture with needles, electro acupuncture, cupping, Gua Sha, use of moxa or heat lamps, or any combination of these. Generally, electro acupuncture is not used in the first treatment.

Any form of treatment you do not wish to have will be noted. In addition, if you do not wish to lie down, you may choose to have the treatment is a sitting position.

The number of treatments or duration of the treatment cycle and frequency of treatments will be discussed during the initial appointment and a program of treatment proposed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Acupuncture is usually very comfortable. You will feel a small prick as the needle goes through the skin, but nothing like that you might feel when (for example) giving blood. In fact, as many as 10 of the ultra-fine acupuncture needles we use can fit down the barrel of an standard medical injecting needle!

Once the needle is in place, you may not even be aware of it. Some may feel tingling or slight aching sensation either at or distant to the needle. If you feel any pain or discomfort, please let this be known as the needle can be adjusted.

All the needles are sterile, single use only and safely discarded after treatment.

We never re-use needles.

The number of treatments you require will depend on the condition being treated. Very few conditions fully respond to a single treatment – as a rule, at least 3 treatments are required. Chronic conditions will require a longer course of treatment.

Some conditions benefit from having a number of treatments in a short period of time initially (eg 2-3 treatments a week), followed by weekly, fortnightly or monthly ‘maintenance’ treatments. Other conditions, such as hay-fever, are best treated at certain times of the year, with up to a 6 month break between treatment cycles.

At the time of your first appointment, an ideal course of treatment can be planned. This will include a general indication of how many treatments and how often you should have them.

Most people do not experience any side effects. The most common side effect is mild tiredness or a feeling of relaxation. People who have not eaten within 2 hours of the treatment may experience light headedness after treatment.

Where pain is being treated, some people feel a temporary increase in the pain before it significantly reduces. This may take place over a period of up to 48 hours.

Cupping may cause discolouration of the skin. The discolouration may be red or black and may last up to 4 days. If you do not wish to have any discolouration, please tell us.

On occasion, a drop of blood may be released as the acupuncture needle is withdrawn or mild bruising may occur after acupuncture.

No – you will not need to remove all your clothes. The removal of some clothes may be necessary to get to certain areas of your body (such as your back). Only the minimum of clothing is removed and you will be told at the time of the treatment what clothes – if any – need to be removed. Towels to cover you are available at all times. Please wear loose fitting clothes as it may be necessary for us to roll up sleeves or trouser legs.

At Jade Acupuncture, safety and hygiene measures are strictly followed. All the needles are sterile, single use only and safely discarded after treatment.

We never re-use needles.

Sessions vary from 30mins at $55, 45mins at $80, 60mins for $95 and 90mins for $125. I invite you to look at the book now page to view a full break down of services and prices. Health fund rebates are available.

Yes, including:

  • ARHG (Australian Regional Health Group)
  • Australian Unity
  • HBA, MBF, and MBF alliances
  • CBHS
  • HBF (includes Manchester Unity)
  • Medibank Private (includes AHM)
  • NIB
  • St Luke’s

Please note there is no BUPA rebates available for acupuncture. Some health fund rebates are conditional to the level of cover you hold please check with your health fund directly on this. If your health fund is not listed please feel free to call to enquire.

Medicare does not apply to acupuncture.

Yes. Please bear in mind occasionally an insurer will require a doctor’s referral to the acupuncturist first. Please check prior to treatment.


Other Services


Auriculotherapy is a form of acupuncture applied to the ear. The ear is a representation of the whole anatomical body and so can treat conditions relating to any physical, emotional or spiritual ailment.


This is a traditional Chinese remedy that involves burning the herb mugwort either indirectly or with acupuncture needles. The herb has extremely healing properties that warm the body and stimulate blood flow. Traditionally this herb has been used for chronic conditions, weak constitution and to turn breech babies.



This can accompany acupuncture in order to stimulate blood flow, boost the immune system and aid in healing. A partial vacuum is created in the cups, either by heat or suction, and placed on the skin. In cases of muscle stiffness and pain the cups can be gently moved to create an extremely healing and effective massage


This acupressure massage is based on the traditional Chinese methods of diagnosis taking the whole body into consideration and treating with the intention of rebalancing the whole system. The treatment is guided by specifically chosen acupressure points but presented in a naturally flowing full body treatment with muscle release techniques. It may also incorporate gentle stretching, simple structural alignments and/or joint rotations with varying pressure depending on your needs.

Lisa Muller

Lisa Muller

Master of Applied Science (Acu)
Bachelor of Health Science (Comp. Medicine)
Diploma of Remedial Massage
Diploma of Shiatsu

Lisa Muller (nee Dowers) is a board registered Acupuncturist practising in Hobart, Tasmania. Graduating in 2012 from RMIT University as a Master of Applied Science (Acupuncture) was the culmination of a lifelong learning journey for Lisa that traversed Diplomas of Shiatsu and Remedial Massage, and a Bachelor of Health Science (Complementary Medicine).

Lisa is passionate about health and rejects the prescribed clinical tradition of ‘guaranteed wellness’, preferring instead to explore individual characteristics and unique constitutions.

She intuitively applies the well-established scientific principles of Chinese medicine to diagnose each condition in its holistic context, and treat beyond symptoms to root causes.