How does Acupuncture work?

Acupuncture involves inserting very fine needles into your skin at specific acupuncture points in order to promote the flow of qi (vital energy). Acupuncture works by relaxing the nervous system, improving blood flow, reducing muscle tension and decreasing inflammation and pain.

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat a variety of conditions. Recent research provides strong evidence to show acupuncture is effective in treating conditions such as chronic low back pain, headaches, knee osteoarthritis, migraine prophylaxis and nausea and vomiting (McDonald, J. & Janz, S., 2017).

There is also moderate evidence to show that acupuncture is effective in treating a range of other conditions such as anxiety, IBS, asthma, depression plantar heel pain and shoulder pain, to mention a few.

What is a treatment like with me?

I like for my patients to feel empowered as we work together towards acheiving your health goals. I enjoy treating all health conditions, but I have a special interest in treating:

  • Musculoskeletal conditions and pain
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Gynaecology and fertility
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Skin conditions

During a treatment, we will discuss your health goals, and create a plan to work towards achieving them including acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, dietary and lifestyle advice, as well as herbal medicine and supplementation where appropriate.

The treatment begins with a consultation in which I observe your tongue, pulse and other signs and symptoms. Then you will be lying down to relax for acupuncture, listening to calming music.


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Cupping therapy is a treatment that works to deeply relax the muscles by placing cups onto the skin and drawing the muscles into the cups with suction. Cupping works by improving blood circulation, decreasing lactic acid build up, and detoxifying the body. In Chinese Medicine we also use cupping to boost the immune system.

Cupping can also be great for releasing tight muscles in the back and reducing pain.

Afterwards, a patient usually feels relaxed, as if they have had a deep tissue massage.

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About Lucy Heller: Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbal Medicine practitioner.

I discovered acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine many years ago and was amazed by its powerful effects on physical and emotional well being.

I have always preferred the warmer weather and beautiful beaches of New South Wales and have recently moved to Sydney from Melbourne. I studied at the Southern School of Natural Therapies and graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science (Chinese Medicine).

My experience
I am experienced in treating a wide range of conditions and I love treating everything, as it is really about working with the individual rather than the condition. However, I have a special interest in treating:

• Musculoskeletal conditions
• Pain management
• Stress and emotional well-being
• Women’s health
• Digestive problems

I have undertaken a lot of further study in these areas, and I use a variety of acupuncture styles including Five Element acupuncture and Dr Tan & Master Tung acupuncture, depending on the patient and the condition they are presenting with. I have also completed further study in cosmetic acupuncture.

During a treatment
We will talk about all of the factors that may be contributing to your health issue. I will also diagnose your condition by looking at your tongue and feeling your pulse- these are traditional diagnosis tools in Chinese Medicine.

In addition to acupuncture, you may also receive other treatment methods such as moxibustion, cupping, gua sha and Chinese herbal medicine, where appropriate. My treatment style is gentle, and it focuses on bringing you back into balance.

Registrations and Associations                                                                                      I am registered with AHPRA for acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, and I am a member of AACMA. I am also registered with all private health funds, and there are HICAPS facilities at the clinics in which I work.

Locations                                                                                                                             Newtown: (02) 9557 1277
Manly: (02) 8386 1313


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If you would like to make an appointment for either clinic, you can email me directly:

I am also happy to answer any questions, and I check my emails regularly.

Appointments can also be made by calling the clinics directly.

Newtown: (02) 9557 1277.                                                                                                      (Health Space Clinics: 4/17 Erskineville Rd, Newtown.)

Manly: (02) 8386 1313.  The Fertility Suite: 11/37-38 East Esplanade, Manly.

Lucy Heller