Acupuncture is a natural and safe therapy that can help relieve pain and aid in injury recovery. Our licensed acupuncturists are Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) treatment providers, and we offer subsidised ACC acupuncture for injury recovery and rehabilitation.

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Subsidised ACC Acupuncture for Injury Treatment and Rehabilitation

Once your case is approved by ACC, you can seek treatment from a licensed acupuncturist at Ponsonby Wellness Centre. Your GP, physiotherapist or other health practitioner doesn't need to recommend you to an acupuncturist. But if Chinese herbs are recommended for your treatment, ACC won't pay for them.

Injures that can be covered by ACC in Acupuncture:

ACC Acupuncture offers traditional Chinese medicine techniques including acupuncture, cupping, and moxibustion to treat sprains, strains, and muscle injuries in the lower back, neck, shoulders, and ankles such as rotator cuff tears, ankle sprains, and lower back muscle strains. If you're in need of treatment for a sports injury, come to our acupuncture clinic for a consultation.

  • Lumbar
    • Lumbar sprains/strains
    • Lower back strain
    • Sciatic pain
    • lumbar disc herniation
  • Neck
    • Neck sprains/strains
    • Cervical strain
    • Pulled neck muscle
  • Shoulder
    • Shoulder sprains
    • Rotator cuff injuries
    • AC joint sprain
    • Shoulder rotator cuff
    • Frozen shoulder
  • Ankle
    • Ankle sprains
    • High ankle sprain
    • Twisted ankle
    • Ankle ligament tear
    • Ankle inversion
    • Lateral ankle ligaments
  • Others
    • Tennis elbow
    • Golf elbow
    • Rotator cuff injuries
    • Supraspinatus tear
    • Sprain treatment
    • Sprained foot
    • ATFL ligament

How to Get Acupuncture Treatment Under ACC?

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  1. Visit a healthcare provider, which could be a GP, doctor, physiotherapist, or hospital. After conducting an assessment, the provider or hospital will complete an ACC 45 injury claim form and submit it to ACC for review. If the claim is accepted, the injured person can receive treatment from an ACC registered acupuncturist.
  2. Please note that ACC covers up to 12 acupuncture treatments in 12 weeks from the date of the first acupuncture treatment. It’s important to note that seeing other providers like a physiotherapist, chiropractor, or osteopath will not impact the allocated acupuncture treatments
  3. ACC provides funding for two types of treatment modalities within acupuncture services: conventional therapies and adjunct therapies. Conventional therapies include traditional acupuncture, western acupuncture, electroacupuncture, and auricular acupuncture. On the other hand, adjunct therapies consist of cupping, Gua Sha scraping, tuina massage, and moxibustion.
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What Happens During My First Acupuncture Treatment Covered by ACC?

​During your acupuncture treatment, our skilled acupuncturists will first assess your individual needs by discussing your health and injury history, pain levels, and function. 

After Initial consultation, they will recommend a proper treatment plan that addresses your specific condition. The acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of fine, pre-sterilised needles into precise acupoints on your body, and the needles are retained for up to 30 minutes. Our acupuncturists may also recommend other treatment techniques, such as cupping, moxibustion, or auriculotherapy, depending on your individual health needs.

Ponsonby Wellness offers premium acupuncture treatments by highly trained acupuncturists. Our acupuncturists are registered with a regulatory body and hold a Bachelor’s degree in Chinese Medicine and Western Biomedicine.

Early acupuncture treatment can significantly lessen the time needed for recovery, and many patients report feeling calmer and experiencing a reduction in pain after treatment. Acupuncture can also be useful for treating chronic pain, including back, neck, and shoulder pain, headaches, and osteoarthritis.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards natural, holistic pain relief and injury recovery.



First Treatment (including consultation) $75

Follow-up $50/Treatment

  • Please prepare the ACC45 Number ready



What Is Acupuncture NZ?

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

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

Since 1990, members who have completed the equivalent of four years of full-time training in New Zealand or abroad are recognized as Treatment Providers by ACC.

How Can Acupuncture Help ACC Patients?

Acupuncture points above and below the affected area may be used to treat the injury if the wounded area is unreachable due to a plaster cast or dressing.

Acupuncture theory states that inserting needles or other associated processes such as chiro regulate the flow and circulation of a form of energy called Qi within the body. This includes techniques like gua sha (skin scraping), auricular (ear) acupuncture, moxibustion (burning dried wormwood near the skin), electro-acupuncture, tui na (massage), and cupping. However, there is no scientific proof of the existence of Qi or the meridian points through which it is believed to flow. While some medical authorities support the use of acupuncture in certain situations, the World Health Organization (WHO) does not. WHO released a 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.”

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