Brighton East

BLUE WREN Acupuncture Brighton East

Acupuncture can help with:

Back Pain

Chronic Pain

Fertility & IVF



Stress &

Women’s Health

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How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncturists believe that illness and pain occur when the body’s Qi, or vital energy, cannot flow freely. There can be many reasons for this with physical or emotional stress, poor nutrition, overwork, infection or injury being amongst the most common.

To restore the natural flow of Qi, ultra-fine sterile needles are inserted into acupuncture points. There are hundreds of acupuncture points in the body, and the careful selection of point combinations is of vital importance to the success of the acupuncture treatment. In doing so, an acupuncturist seeks to assist a patient with management of symptoms and pain by re-establishing the free flow of Qi to restore balance and trigger the body’s natural healing response.

As acupuncture treatments are designed to affect your whole being as well as your symptoms, you may notice other health problems also resolve and feel an increased sense of wellbeing.

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Adjunctive acupuncture for fertility & IVF support

Traditional Chinese medicine has been practiced for thousands of years and continued modern research has shown that acupuncture may be a great adjunct support treatment for those undergoing fertility treatments.

Numerous health practitioners recommend the use of adjunctive acupuncture for fertility and IVF patients. Using acupuncture and Chinese medicine to support patients undergoing IVF is different for every individual, whether the goal is outcomes or management of the stress and anxiety that comes with the challenging journey.

Research about the effectiveness of IVF and acupuncture treatments continues to be conducted and it is recommended that you consult your practitioner about how acupuncture may be able to help you.

Acupuncture is a gentle treatment that influences physiology over time. For many women, using acupuncture for fertility as an adjunctive support for IVF can help to improve pregnancy outcomes.


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Liu Yun, Wu YiQun, Wu Chunxiao, Lu Liming, Yi Wei (2018) Acupuncture for infertile women without undergoing assisted reproductive techniques (ART): a systematic review and metanalysis. Medicine, 98:29.

Qian Y, Xia XR, Ochin H, Huang C, Gao C, Gao L, et al. Therapeutic effect of acupuncture on the outcomes of in vitro fertilization: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2016 Dec 19.

Smith CA, Armour M, Shewamene Z, Tan HY, Norman RJ, Johnson NP (2019) Acupuncture performed around the time of embryo transfer: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Reprod Biomed Online, 38(3): 364-397.

Zhang X, Soo Lee M, Smith CA, Robinson N, Zhou Y, Ying W, et al. (2018) Effects of acupuncture during in vitro fertilization or intracytoplasmic sperm injection: An updated systematic review and meta-analysis. Euro Journ of Int Med. Oct 2018.

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Acupuncture and Pregnancy

In addition to supporting women with adjunctive acupuncture for fertility and IVF treatments, Blue Wren acupuncture clinic also has a particular interest in helping women during their pregnancy.

Acupuncture during pregnancy may potentially help patients manage the range of symptoms they are experiencing such as pain, stress and pregnancy-related symptoms like morning sickness. Acupuncture has been shown in research to help with post-operative nausea and chemotherapy-related nausea. For those suffering from pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting, more commonly known as morning sickness, acupuncture could be considered alongside conventional treatment.

Ask our practitioners about how pregnancy acupuncture in Melbourne could assist you to manage your pregnancy journey.



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Garcia, M. K., McQuade, J., Haddad, R., Patel, S., Lee, R., Yang, P., Palmer, J. L., & Cohen, L. (2013). Systematic review of acupuncture in cancer care: a synthesis of the evidence. Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, 31(7), 952–960.

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McKeon, C., Smith, C. A., Hardy, J., & Chang, E. (2013). Acupuncture and acupressure for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting: A systematic review. Australian Journal of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, 8(1), 2–27.

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Acupuncture for Stress and Depression

The mind-body-spirit connection is fundamental to the practice of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. When a person is experiencing chronic pain or other physical health conditions, the stress they are experiencing can have adverse effects on their mental wellbeing.

Mental health concerns are sometimes not the root cause of an issue, but rather a symptom stemming from other conditions such as chronic pain or sleep disturbance. Management of the individuals’ pain, stress or chronic pain through the application of Chinese medicine or acupuncture may be beneficial in improving the wellbeing of both the mind and the body.

At Blue Wren Acupuncture Brighton East, our goal is to support and encourage better physical and mental health. Most often, these two goals are inextricably woven together, and the beauty of the holistic approach is that we take the time to see and understand the individual and design treatments that suit you from head to toe. At Blue Wren Acupuncture Clinic, acupuncture treatments are tailored to each unique individual.


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Acupuncture for Migraines & Chronic Pain

There is a classic saying in Chinese medicine that says, “if there is free flow, there is no pain; if there is no free flow, there is pain”. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine seek to re-establish the flow of Qi for the reduction and management of symptoms and pain from various health conditions. These principles apply to acupuncture for migraines and chronic pain, as well as all different types of pain including back neck, shoulder, muscle or joint pain and many other musculo-skeletal problems.

Over the past 60 years, extensive research has been conducted on acupuncture’s efficacy, effectiveness and safety. There is still much to be understood about how acupuncture works, but several mechanisms are now better understood. For example, acupuncture activates fine nerves, triggers tissue fibroblasts to release adenosine, an anti-inflammatory and neurotransmitter with both local and systemic effects. Adenosine is responsible for some of acupuncture’s pain reduction effects. The anti-inflammatory effects of acupuncture involve numerous mediators, receptors and signalling pathways. In addition, acupuncture treatments improve neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. (references 64, 65)

At Blue Wren Acupuncture in Brighton East, we predominantly use distal acupuncture, which means placing needles away from the affected area. This is important to some people who may not like the idea of needles or pressure in already painful or sensitive sites. If the pain isn’t always present, then it can be helpful to mark the skin with a pen before the treatment when the pain does occur, so the location can be more precisely addressed with acupuncture. Other techniques may also be used, including dry needling, to best suit individual needs.


MacPherson H, Vertosick EA, Foster NE, Lewith G, Linde K, Sherman KJ, Witt CM, Vickers AJ; Acupuncture Trialists’ Collaboration. The persistence of the effects of acupuncture after a course of treatment: a meta-analysis of patients with chronic pain. Pain. 2017 May;158(5):784-793. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000000747. PMID: 27764035; PMCID: PMC5393924.

Vickers, A. J., Cronin, A. M., Maschino, A. C., Lewith, G., MacPherson, H., Foster, N. E., et al. (2012). Acupuncture for Chronic Pain. Archives of Internal Medicine, 172(19), 1444.

Xiang A, Cheng K, Shen X, Xu P, Liu S. The Immediate Analgesic Effect of Acupuncture for Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2017;2017:3837194. doi: 10.1155/2017/3837194. Epub 2017 Oct 25. PMID: 29234385; PMCID: PMC5676441.

Yin C, Buchheit TE, Park JJ. Acupuncture for chronic pain: an update and critical overview. Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2017 Oct;30(5):583-592. doi: 10.1097/ACO.0000000000000501. PMID: 28719458.

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Is Acupuncture Safe?

Acupuncture is a safe treatment option when performed by a qualified, registered acupuncturist.

Acupuncturists are highly regulated in Australia, with practitioners required to complete tertiary qualifications including over 900 hours of clinical observation and practice, engage in ongoing professional development, and adhere to strict codes of conduct in relation to safe and ethical practice.

If you would like to learn more about acupuncture and how it can benefit you, get in touch with us. Our practitioners also provide appointments for Chinese cupping, gua sha massage, Chinese Herbal Medicine, and dry needling.

Note: Although acupuncture and Chinese medicine are generally considered to be safe treatment methods, occasionally (as with all health treatments) they may be associated with possible adverse reactions in individual cases.


Lao L, Hamilton GR, Fu J, Berman BM. Is acupuncture safe? A systematic review of case reports. Altern Ther Health Med. 2003 Jan-Feb;9(1):72-83. PMID: 12564354.

Park, J., Sohn, Y., White, A. R., & Lee, H. (2014). The safety of acupuncture during pregnancy: a systematic review. Acupuncture in Medicine : Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society, 32(3), 257–266.

White, A. (2006). The safety of acupuncture – evidence from the UK. Acupuncture in Medicine, 24(Suppl), 53–57.

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Is Acupuncture Right For You?

Chinese medicine and acupuncture have been documented and practiced for centuries.

Despite the long-running documentation of the wide-ranging number of conditions and symptoms that can be addressed with these treatments, there are only a limited few conditions that AHPRA’s research has approved for practitioners to use in their advertising materials.

If you wish to discuss the treatment of a condition or symptom not listed on our website, click below to get in touch with us

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To book an appointment at Blue Wren Acupuncture call the clinic on 03 9556 0299 or visit our bookings page.