Who can benefit from Acupuncture? What does it treat?

Anyone can benefit from our individualised acupuncture treatments, including children!

Acupuncture is well-recognised and highly effective in pain management. Acupuncture is a potent analgesic and can help relieve most types of acute or chronic pain and discomfort, and can reduce the need for pharmaceutical painkillers and medications with toxic and harmful side-effects. By relieving pain, acupuncture can significantly enhance general well-being and quality of life.

Additionally, acupuncture can assist in the treatment or management of most symptoms, diseases and illnesses. Acupuncture stimulates and energises the body’s own recuperative processes, helping the body restore its own natural balance, enhancing well-being & vitality.

acupuncture needles on Chinese symbol

In their official report, Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Controlled Clinical Trials, the World Health Organisation (WHO) categorises diseases, symptoms and conditions for which acupuncture treatment has been proved to be an effective treatment through controlled clinical trials, or has demonstrated therapeutic benefits.

  • Enhances well-being & vitality
  • Adverse reactions to radiation or chemotherapy
  • Smoking cessation, alcohol dependence and detoxification
  • Urinary problems: Kidney stones, urinary retention, recurrent urinary tract infections
  • Sleeping disorders
  • Stress, anxiety and depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
  • Skin conditions
: Acne, eczema/dermatitis, pruritis (itchy skin)
  • Respiratory/immune dysfunction
: Recurrent colds/flu, asthma, sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, earache, sore throat, herpes zoster
  • Pain Management: Acute and chronic gastritis and epigastric pain, arthritis, back & neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, headaches/migraines, labour pain, period pain and premenstrual syndrome, post-operative pain, sciatic pain, sports injuries including sprains and strains, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), tennis elbow
  • Children’s Health: For children with an aversion to needles (or pins as we refer to them), Dr Miranda Myles can utilise needle-free acupuncture techniques to help treat recurrent colds/flu, sinus problems, colic, constipation/diarrhea, allergies, asthma, eczema, sleeping and emotional difficulties
  • Pregnancy: Birth and beyond morning sickness, correction of malposition of fetus (breech presentation), induction of labour, labour pain, lactation deficiency, miscarriage prevention
  • Infertility: Female and male infertility, hypo-ovarianism, male sexual dysfunction
  • Men’s Health: Prostatitis, male sexual dysfunction
  • Menstrual issues:
 Period pain (dysmenorrhea, endometriosis), premenstrual syndrome, polycystic ovaries, Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS / Stein–Leventhal syndrome) irregular periods
  • Digestive issues
: Abdominal pain, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, gastroenteritis, acute and chronic gastritis (heart-burn), peptic ulcer, Ulcerative colitis, cholecystitis, cholelithiasis (gallstones)
  • Acupuncture and IVF Support


Acupuncture is effective in improving natural conception. It has also been shown to enhance IVF outcomes by as much as 60% compared with control groups.

  • Acupuncture may balance hormone levels and regulate the menstrual cycle
  • It improves egg & sperm quality, quantity & normal development (sperm count, motility & morphology)
  • Acupuncture increases the rates of pregnancy and live birth in women undergoing IVF
  • Acupuncture has been shown to reduce the miscarriage rate and the number of tubal pregnancies associated with IVF technology
  • Employed in the early stages of pregnancy, acupuncture may reduce subsequent miscarriage risks in women suffering recurrent miscarriage
  • Acupuncture increases blood flow to the uterus, preparing the uterine lining for implantation and subsequent pregnancy
  • Stress, anxiety and sleep may all be improved with acupuncture
  • Acupuncture regulates the immune system which may increase embryo implantation and prevent rejection
Is Acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is a very safe treatment. Melbourne Naturopath and Acupuncturist Dr Miranda Myles uses very thin, single use, sterile needles (pins, as we like to call them) that are disposed off safely and in accordance with AHPRA regulations. We also sterilise the area prior to needle insertion, thus the risk of infection is extremely low. At times, because the skin is pierced, the area may bleed and mild bruising may occur.

Does Acupuncture hurt?

As the skin is pierced, a pricking sensation may be experienced when the needle is inserted. Dr Miranda Myles uses the best quality, finest needles for minimal discomfort. Following needle insertion, a relaxing, deep, heavy sensation may be experienced.

Can I expect any immediate benefits? How long does it take to work?

Immediate benefits are possible for pain relief, and to experience a sense of calm and relaxation. Ideally, acupuncture should be delivered over a course of treatments, varying depending on the condition.