Qiraku Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine

665 Brunswick Street, New Farm Brisbane
TEL: 0415-586-121


General Health

family This is a list of symptoms that we treat frequently. There is a wide range of symptoms for which acupuncture is effective. Please also see Testimonials, The Acupuncture Evidence Project 2017 and WHO list of conditions, or ask us.

  • Musculoskeletal symptoms (back pain, whiplash, tight shoulders, tennis elbow, etc.)
  • Digestive problems (IBS, constipation, diarrhea, stomach pain, etc.)
  • Nervous system disorders (headaches, autonomic imbalance, depression, anxiety, insomnia, etc.)
  • General well being: Generally unwell but have no obvious diagnosis. (feeling of heaviness, loss of appetite, cold hands and feet, etc.)
  • Skin problems (acne, atopic dermatitis, etc.)
  • Allergies
  • Children's health (night crying, bed wetting, hyper-activity, tic, etc.)
  • Male fertility

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Women's Health

woman We have a special interest in women's health. Acupuncture, Warm needle therapy and Chinese herbal medicine are used to treat these symptoms.

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The Acupuncture Evidence Project 2017

Researchers found evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture for 117 conditions, with stronger evidence for acupuncture's effectiveness for some conditions than others.
The acupuncture Evidence Project: A Comparative Literature Review (2017) (PDF, 1.42MB)

Conditions with strong evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture:

  • Allergic rhinitis (perennial & seasonal)
  • Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (with anti-emetics)
  • Chronic low back pain
  • Headache (tension-type and chronic)
  • Knee osteoarthritis
  • Migraine prophylaxis
  • Postoperative nausea & vomiting
  • Postoperative pain

Conditions with moderate evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture:

  • Acute low back pain
  • Acute stroke
  • Ambulatory anaesthesia
  • Anxiety
  • Aromatase-inhibitor-induced arthralgia
  • Asthma in adults
  • Back or pelvic pain during pregnancy
  • Cancer pain
  • Cancer-related fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Craniotomy anaesthesia
  • Depression (with antidepressants)
  • Dry eye
  • Hypertension (with medication)
  • Insomnia
  • Irritabile bowel syndrome
  • Labour pain
  • Lateral elbow pain
  • Menopausal hot flushes
  • Modulating sensory perception thresholds
  • Neck pain
  • Obesity
  • Perimenopausal & postmenopausal insomnia
  • Plantar heel pain
  • Post-stroke insomnia
  • Post-stroke shoulder pain
  • Post-stroke spasticity
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Prostatitis pain/chronic pelvic pain syndrome
  • Recovery after colorectal cancer resection
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Schizophrenia (with antispychotics)
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder impingement syndrome (early stage) (with exercise)
  • Shoulder pain
  • Smoking cessation (up to 3 months)
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Temporomandibular pain

Conditions with evidence of cost effectiveness:

  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Ambulatory Anaesthesia
  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Dysmenorrhoea
  • Headache
  • Low back pain
  • Migraine
  • Neck pain (plus usual meical care)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Post-operative nausea and vomiting

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WHO list of conditions

In 2002, The World Health Organization (WHO) published an official report, Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials. WHO has listed over 40 symptoms that have been shown to be treated effectively by acupuncture.

Diseases for which acupuncture may be considered mainstream treatment:

  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
  • Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
  • Biliary colic
  • Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
  • Dysentery, acute bacillary
  • Dysmenorrhoea, primary
  • Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
  • Facial Pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
  • Headache and Migraine
  • Hypertension, essential
  • Hypotension, primary
  • Induction of labour
  • Knee Pain
  • Leukopenia
  • Low back Pain
  • Malposition of fetus, correction of
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Neck Pain
  • Pain in dentistry (including dental Pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
  • Periarthritis of shoulder
  • Postoperative Pain
  • Renal colic
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Sprain
  • Stroke
  • Tennis elbow

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Diseases for which acupuncture is effective, but further proof is needed to include it into mainstream healthcare:

  • Abdominal Pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)
  • Acne vulgaris
  • Alcohol dependence and detoxification
  • Bell's palsy
  • Bronchial asthma (most effective in children and in patients without complicating diseases)
  • Cancer Pain
  • Cardiac neurosis
  • Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Competition stress syndrome
  • Craniocerebral injury, closed
  • Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent
  • Earache
  • Epidemic haemorrhagic fever
  • Epistaxis, simple (without generalized or local disease)
  • Eye Pain due to subconjunctival injection
  • Female infertility
  • Facial spasm
  • Female urethral syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia and fasciitis
  • Gastrokinetic disturbance
  • Gouty arthritis
  • Hepatitis B virus carrier status
  • Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3)
  • Hyperlipaemia
  • Hypo-ovarianism
  • Insomnia
  • Labour Pain
  • Lactation, deficiency
  • Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic
  • Meniere disease
  • Neuralgia, post-herpetic
  • Neurodermatitis
  • Obesity
  • Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pain due to endoscopic examination
  • Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (Stein-Leventhal syndrome)
  • Postextubation in children
  • Postoperative convalescence
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Prostatitis, chronic
  • Pruritus
  • Radicular and pseudoradicular Pain syndrome
  • Raynaud syndrome, primary
  • Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • Retention of urine, traumatic
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sialism, drug-induced
  • Sjogren syndrome
  • Sore throat (including tonsillitis)
  • Spine Pain, acute
  • Stiff neck
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
  • Tietze syndrome
  • Tobacco dependence
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Ulcerative colitis, chronic
  • Urolithiasis
  • Vascular dementia
  • Whooping cough (pertussis)

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Diseases for which acupuncture is worth trying, because the treatment by western medicine is difficult:

  • Chloasma
  • Choroidopathy, central serous
  • Colour blindness
  • Deafness
  • Hypophrenia
  • Irritable colon syndrome
  • Neuropathic bladder in spinal cord injury
  • Pulmonary heart disease, chronic
  • Small airway obstruction

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Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture may be tried provided the practitioner has special modern medical knowledge and adequate monitoring equipment:

  • Breathlessness in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Coma
  • Convulsions in infants
  • Coronary heart disease (angina pectoris)
  • Diarrhoea in infants and young children
  • Encephalitis, viral, in children, late stage
  • Paralysis, progressive bulbar and pseudobulbar

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