Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese practice supported by the Accident Compensation Regulations 2003. Individuals who undergo acupuncture for an acute injury usually report feeling significantly calmer and experiencing less pain following treatment.

Acupuncture points above and below the affected region might be used to treat the injury if the wounded area is unreachable owing to a plaster cast or dressing. It means acupuncture is suitable for compensation from the Accident Compensation Corporation for personal injuries.

Acupuncture theory states that inserting needles – or other associated processes regulate the flow and circulation of strange energy called Qi within the body, mainly gua sha (skin scraping), auricular (ear) acupuncture, moxibustion (burning dried mugwort near the skin), electro-acupuncture, tui na (massage), and cupping. There is no solid proof of the existence of Qi or the meridian points via which it is claimed to flow. While certain medical authorities actively campaign to favour acupuncture in certain situations, the World Health Organization has stood against it. It released an important paper in 2002 that listed 90 diseases for which acupuncture could be helpful, but it was removed in 2014 “in reaction to considerable data opposing the WHO’s suggestion.”

Role of ACC

The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) acknowledges all members and representatives of Acupuncture NZ as Treatment Providers. All members must follow the Acupuncture NZ ACC Guidelines.

After the approval of the case by ACC, at Ponsonby Wellness Centre of acupuncture, you can seek treatment from a licensed acupuncturist. Your GP, physiotherapist or other health practitioner does not need to recommend you to an acupuncturist. Your doctor may also recommend Chinese herbs, but ACC will not pay for them.

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ACC, Acupuncture and NZ

In New Zealand, the most famous alternative therapy include acupuncture. Acupuncture is frequently used to treat personal injuries, and the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) of New Zealand spent $30 million on acupuncture treatments from July 2015 to June 2016. Acupuncture NZ and the NZ Acupuncture Standards Authority (NZASA) are the two leading professional bodies for acupuncture in New Zealand. They are responsible for the majority of New Zealand’s registered acupuncturists. The Accident Compensation Regulations 2003 allow acupuncturists registered with one of these two bodies to obtain ACC payments.

Acupuncture NZ 

Acupuncture NZ, founded in 1977, is the primary professional association in New Zealand that represents acupuncturists and Chinese medicine practitioners. Acupuncture NZ is a member of the World Federation of Acupuncture Societies (WFAS) and the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS) and has strong relationships with acupuncture groups in other countries like Australia China, the United States, the United Kingdom, and across Europe.

Acupuncture NZ presently has over 800 members across New Zealand who provide acupuncture therapy to persons who have been injured. Most common injuries, such as back sprains, tennis elbow, and calf sprains, are covered by  ACC and acupuncture.

Since 1990, members who have completed the equivalent of four years of full-time training in New Zealand or abroad have been recognized as Treatment Providers by ACC. Practitioners at Ponsonby Wellness Centre of acupuncture in Auckland are qualified and fully trained.

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