Adytum: Acupuncture



Our Acupuncturist works within an established clinical framework to diagnose patterns of disharmony within the body and perform personalised treatments to nourish, restore, align and heal.

Meet your

John Shaw


BHSc (Traditional Chinese Medicine)

John Shaw is an AHPRA registered Acupuncturist who completed a Bachelor of Health Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture and Chinese herbs) at the University of Technology, Sydney in 2004. He is a member of the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA).

John developed a passion for acupuncture after it provided great relief from lower back pain. John is also a qualified chef and is passionate about good nutrition and its impact on improving and maintaining optimal health.

John utilises a variety of treatments that are tailored to patients’ unique circumstances. These treatments may include acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion (heat therapy) and Tui Na (Chinese remedial massage). John has a special interest in musculoskeletal injuries, utilising motor points to reset contracted muscle to restore joints to their normal function while reducing or eliminating pain and tendonitis. He also has a keen focus on meridian therapy to maximise energy, de-stress and promote positive mental health and emotional wellbeing.

He believes in preventative health, wellness and patient empowerment through exercise, diet and leading a healthy lifestyle. In addition to a strong commitment to health and wellness, John practices Iyengar Yoga and meditation He also enjoys travelling, swimming, bike riding and world music.

Monday: 8am-6pm
Tuesday: 2pm-6pm


Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body. A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, it is used as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as chi or qi (chee) — believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will re-balance.

Acupuncture needles feel very different from the injections provided in a clinical setting. Acupuncture needles are hair-thin, single-use, sterile and small. Most people feel no pain or a slight pinch as the needles are inserted. As the needles are hair-thin, the sensation is less associated with the insertion and more about the body’s response to its presence. Once the needle is inserted, there may be a mild sense of heaviness, achiness or tingling. After treatment, most patients report a calm feeling of vitality and an improved sense of wellbeing. Generally, needles are inserted for 30-35 minutes while the patient quietly relaxes. Their removal is painless and often non-detectable.

The recommended frequency of treatments varies with each individual. Most new patients begin treatment with weekly sessions lasting one hour each. As patients experience improvement in their condition, treatments may be extended to every other week, every three weeks, monthly and eventually seasonally. Acupuncture has a cumulative effect with each treatment building upon the last. Typically, a series of 6-8 weekly treatments produces lasting transformation.


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