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Sydney Acupuncture

Suite 410, Level 4 / 229 Macquarie St , Sydney- 2000
New South Wales , Australia  Australia


Mon - Fri 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

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At Sydney Acupuncture group we offer professional health care tailored to the individual. We are the original Sydney Acupuncture Group of health care providers. We utilise the fundamental concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and deliver through the modalities of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine.

Our aim is to treat with compassion and to take into account all aspects of an individual's condition. In this manner we incorporate modern therapeutic techniques with traditional theories and practice, to deliver a true systematic health care system. The modalities used are Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Therapeutic Massage, Cupping, Nutritional Advice, Corrective Exercises, Self massage (Dao Yin), and Qi Gong.

Our Philosophy: Health is a matter of looking at the whole picture, every person is different, and should therefore be treated accordingly. Presenting with an open mind and a broad outlook is important in modern health care, it is essential to integrate various ways of thinking for the highest therapeutic result.

Rodd (Rodrigo) Sanchez was born in Santiago, Chile before immigrating to Sydney. Rodd first studied nursing at the University of Western Sydney (over 20 years ago) to assist his knowledge base in medical science and health conditions as well as his interpersonal skills. He worked in the nursing industry concurrently with his studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Rodd completed a 4 year Diploma of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine and was awarded the annual prize for most outstanding performance in Traditional Chinese Medicine studies from the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA). During his studies he undertook extensive clinical training and mentoring from leaders in the field. Rodd furthered his studies and clinical skills with an internship at the Anhui second affiliated hospital and college of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Peoples Republic of China. Rodd then obtained a Masters of Traditional Chinese Medicine with Distinction through the University of Western Sydney and was recognised for 2 years on the Deans Merit List for outstanding academic achievement.

Rodd is the student clinic coordinator and senior lecturer at the Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in both Western medical sciences and Chinese medicine fields and also the acupuncture lecturer for the undergraduate program at the University of Western Sydney. He is also a certified senior first aid instructor. Rodd presents seminars in the art and skills of Chinese dietary therapy and other modalities.

In private practice, Rodd established experience as an acupuncturist and Chinese herbal medicine in general practice is well know with an interest in digestive, musculoskeletal, emotional, facial rejuvenation, laser acupuncture and fertility conditions.Rodd is heavily involved in and works towards the promotion and development of the benefits of Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine within Australia through different organisations.

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Auricular Acupuncture (sometimes referred to as auriculotherapy, ear acupuncture, auricular therapy, or the more advanced auriculomedicine) is a concise and clinically effective therapeutic modality involving stimulation to acu-points located on the ear (auricula).

As the first organ to develop o its full size and become fully functional approximately 18 weeks after conception, the ear is also the first sensory organ to begin working as early as the 8th week in utero. It is a unique sensory organ that not only connects an individual to the rest of the world through hearaing, but also serves as an extraordinary and complete system (known as "microsystem") for the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of almost every human illness.

This highly specialised system of acupuncture has been traced back to ancient China, Persia, and Greece; however, it was fully developed by Dr Paul Nogier, a medical physician from Lyon, France. Known as the "father of auriculotherapy" Dr Nogier combined his knowledge in conventional medicine (primarily neuology/neurophysiology), manual medicine, and acupuncture to develop Auricular Acupuncture. Initially through clinical observation, and later through research, Nogier found that the entire ear was innervated by numerous cranial and spinal nerves, and in particular the vagus nerve linking the entire structural and functional human body to the auricle.

There are two approaches that can be given in order to understand how the ear may effect the rest of the body, the Chinese medical and the Western Medicical approach. Chinese Medicine is based on philosophical and theoretical phenomena through thousands of years of observation of people and the universe around them. The concepts of Yin and Yang, the channel system, the notion of Qi or energy and its physiological relationship to blood etc are all involved in the practice of Auricular Acupuncture and Body Acupuncture.

In Chinese Medicine the metaphysical view of the universe and of peoples' interaction with it is the principle focus, even more so than the study of anatomy and physiology. For a better understanding of how the Chinese view the human body see the acupuncture and traditional chinese medicine sections of the website.

The ear is seen as a thoroughfare for all the channels in acupuncture, they are therefore able to be influenced through the stimulation of specific points on the auricle. However, if one only reallywishes to understand the basis of th ear and its medical capabilities then it is vital to understand the Western scientific approach to this field. It must be emphasised that there are a lot of modalities available that claim effetiveness when they are actually aren't, Auricular Acupuncture is not one of these, its methods and the proof behind those methods are undeniably scientific.

Auricular Acupunctures' foundations are within anatomy and physiology. Without going to extreme details, the auricle has diagnostic and treatment capabilties due to nerve innervation and the presence of neuro-vascular complexes. These small entities consisting of micro-hormones are distributed under the skin of the external ear. Neuro-vascular complexes manifest as acupoints on the ear with decreased electrical resistance that are linked to histological micro formations made p of a nerve, a lympathic vessel, an artery and venule. Therefore the ear can influence corresponding areas through reflexes (eg. within pain relief) and neurovascular complexes (internal disease).

Physicians in Auricular Acupuncture will conduct thorough diagnostic procedures, as appropriate, for the presenting patients' condition. The actual treatment will involve one or a combination of the following: Ear Needles (pain free, stainless steel / gold / silver and single use disposable), ear seeds (magnetic, gold, silver, or herbal), and electrical stimulation (minute frequencies are used for maximum patient comfort), or laser (for specific conditions and children).

Initially auricular acu-points will be found through electrical methods or pulse palpation (a specialist method known as the N-VAS). The treatment will usually last 15 – 20 minutes, however, may be combined with body acupuncture (20 – 30 minutes). Depending on what the presenting condition is will determine the amount of treatment, however, as a guide one can expect anywhere between 2 – 8 sessions.

Aesthetic Acupuncture (Sydney facial rejuvenation) has increased in popularity in recent years with celebrities opting for a more safe and natural alternative to cosmetic surgical procedures. An art form which has had an extended period of usage in traditional Chinese medicine, dating back hundreds of years. Aesthetic acupuncture was initially used for the ladies of the imperial courts however it now available for everyone.

This exclusive Sydney Acupuncture treatment is employed to give the patient the best possible results (all inclusive). Each session ranges from 1 to 1.5 hours depending on the treatment option.Unfortunately not all patients are suitable for this type of treatment so please consult with reception. People with high blood pressure, clotting conditions, those on blood thinning medications or have a tendency towards fainting are best to find an alternative.


Acupuncture is a complex system of diagnosis that views the person as a whole. Acupuncture is practiced based on discerning the "pattern of disharmony" and treating accordingly. Modern acupuncturists utilise other modalities such as herbal medicine, moxibustion, corrective exercises, nutrition, meditation, breathing exercises and more.

Acupuncture is the insertion of hair-fine needles into the skin and body tissues. They are inserted into any one or more of a number of acupuncture points (there are over 350 acupuncture points in the human body) for the purpose of stimulating a physiological response. The response solicited by the acupuncture treatment is focused on balancing the body's systems which will in turn aid the body in functioning properly.

The sensation created by the insertion of each needle should only be one of heaviness. Often this heaviness may be felt over regions of the body which are connected to each other by what we refer to as Meridians. These are the roadways through which your body's energy flows. We also offer Laser Acupuncture for the highly sensitive and/or children. Laser Acupuncture involves no sensation what so ever, however, its therapeutic results may take longer to manifest.

Acupuncture is a primary healthcare modality that has been around for at least 2500 years and is used widely throughout the world. Acupuncture is considered safe and effective. Acupuncture is now practiced in many countries around the world, Australia being one of the leaders in its usage. Today in Australia the minimum education requirement is a four year tertiary education with a China placement for furthering education.

Acupuncture is a therapy that uses the insertion of fine needles to specific points on the body along the meridians (energy channels of the body), that cross the body. As long as the energy flows freely through these pathways, health is maintained. When the flow of energy is distributed for any reason, there is disruption in health, resulting in pain or illness. By stimulating appropriate acupuncture points along these meridians, the energy is regulated, and health is restored.

Most patients find the treatment very relaxing, most are surprised to find out how comfortable they are during an acupuncture treatment and how easily and painlessly the needles are inserted. Some patients even go to sleep during treatment. A patient may feel a sensation upon insertion and pressure or a "dull" reaction when the needle reaches the correct depth of the point. The needles are far different (smaller and thinner) from hypodermic needles. Many acupuncture needles can fit in the head of a hypodermic needle.

One of the great advantages of Acupuncture is the absence of adverse side effects. Needles generally cause no bleeding or pain, and all Australian (AACMA) practitioners today use single use disposable needles only. There is a minimal risk of organ penetration, from incorrect insertion. Acupuncturists are trained in exact acupuncture location, angle as well as depth of insertion of the acupuncture needle to avoid any injuries. Rodd and David have extensive training in study of human Anatomy and Physiology, which greatly assit in the practice of Acupuncture .

This is a tough question, for any medical theory/tradition, each person is unique in so many different ways and will respond to their treatments differently. Length of treatment depends on many factors such as type, severity and duration of the condition. In general, however, a patient should notice changes to their condition within 4 weeks for chronic conditions, and much sooner for acute conditions. If no changes are noticed within this time period, please discuss this with your practitioner.

It may be that your condition is unusually tenacious, or their may be a need to modify some aspects of the treatment. Always talk to your practitioner about your concerns. We are here to listen to those concerns and put your mind at ease. There are many tools and techniques at our disposal. With your invaluable input, we can work together to improve your health.

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