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What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture originated in China and has existed for thousands of years.  It has survived and thrived for so long because it is flexible and treats the person not just the disease.  The ultimate aim of all Acupuncture styles is to restore balance to the entire person – body, mind, emotions and spirit and strengthen the bodies own natural healing processes.


Traditional Chinese Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese Acupuncture is the most well known style of Acupuncture and involves the insertion of very fine filiform needles into the body at very specific points along the energy channels or meridians. The needles manipulate the bodies Qi or life force to restore balance to the entire body.

Japanese Style Acupuncture

The roots of Japanese Acupuncture lie in the Chinese Acupuncture Classics, some texts being over 2000 years old. Over time Japanese practitioners have developed and refined their techniques and several different styles have emerged.  The following two styles are used at the Harmony Acupuncture Centre.


Toyohari is a refined system of Japanese meridian therapy. It is different from most other forms of Acupuncture in that it uses more delicate and specialized treatment methods, placing great emphasis on the use of pulse diagnosis and palpation skills.  One notable difference is that often the needles are non-inserted as the Qi is being manipulated at the surface of the body.  This is an added bonus for those who are needle phobic.  Toyohari is a powerful therapeutic system for both preventing disease and maintaining health.

Manaka Protocols

Dr. Yoshio Manaka developed a style of Japanese Acupuncture based on the eight extraordinary meridians.   He developed specific treatment techniques involving palpation of the abdomen for diagnosis and the use of Manaka Ion Pumping Cords for treatment.


Moxibustion – the manipulation of Qi through the burning of a herb from the Mugwort plant on or near the skin (non-scarring).

Cupping – moving Qi and Blood by placing suction cups on the skin.

Massage – manual movement of Qi and Blood by massaging the meridians and acupoints.

Who can have acupuncture treatment?

Acupuncture treatment is suitable for anyone to receive.  The gentle techniques utilized in the Japanese styles of treatment make it particularly good for children and babies and any one who is needle phobic.

Does it hurt?

One of the aims at Harmony Acupuncture Centre is to provide effective but gentle treatment.  The treatment techniques used are designed to be very relaxing and comfortable to receive so that most people find the experience to be totally pain free.

What does it treat?

Because Acupuncture rebalances the entire body and strengthens the bodies natural healing ability it can successfully treat a wide range of conditions.

What to expect from Harmony Acupuncture Centre

Your initial consultation will include the taking of a complete medical history and any relevant lifestyle information followed by palpation of the pulse and abdomen. A diagnosis is then made and a treatment strategy is formulated followed by the relevant treatment.  After the treatment there may be some suggestions about lifestyle changes or other relevant information the client can do at home to enhance their healing.  If appropriate an Australian Bush Flower remedy may prescribed at no extra charge.

How many treatments do I need?

The number of treatments required varies greatly depending on many factors including the overall health of the client and the chronicity of the problem.  Many conditions will require 4-6 treatments to see a good change in their condition.

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