Auckland COVID update

Level 4 lockdown in Auckland Aug/Sept 2021

Because Auckland level 3 lockdown, we will stay closed until the restrictions are lifted to Level 2.

Email us today with any queries, so that if you need treatment, you’ll be the first in line when we reopen.

Kia kaha!

Dr Vitalis Acupuncture

Why is acupuncture not considered an “essential service”?

Yes, the consistency with the assessment of what is essential is lacking.

For example:

  • General practitioners are considered essential, but the same GPs with a special interest – no. Specialist care is also considered essential. Does it make sense? No.
  • Hand therapy and physio are an essential service, but not podiatry.

We do appreciate, that during the first lockdown a quick decision was made, there was no time to and consistently assess what is essential. Didn’t we have COVID situation long enough to have consistency, allowing patients in emergency and acute needs to access the health service they require?

Our patients having acute needs include ones undergoing IVF treatments, cancer pain, severe pelvic pain (endometriosis, chronic pelvic pain, acute period pain), recurrent miscarriages (currently pregnant), atrial fibrillation, migraines to name a few.

How is recurrent miscarriage an acute need, you say? If you had 8 miscarriages that did not last 8 weeks, you started acupuncture and now you’re 9 weeks pregnant for the very first time. How discontinuing the ongoing treatment will affect you?

Acupuncture evidence trends

Interest in Acupuncture is heating up

Acupuncture is the most researched natural therapy. And the scientific interest in Acupuncture is increasing.

The graph illustrates a number of studies on acupuncture yearly in the PubMed database from 1996 to 2012. I used actual data from them for this graph.  I’ve excluded data from 2013, as at the time of this observation the year was still in progress.

Bells palsy celebrity acupuncture

Acupuncture for Bell’s Palsy

An American celebrity Carnie Wilson: “Who believes in Acupuncture? I’m treating my Bell’s Palsy with it. IT’S WORKING.” (more on

Acupuncture for Bell’s palsy has been recommended by the World Health Organization since 2002.

There were a number of controlled trials which looked into its effectiveness. The latest study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal has shown not only that acupuncture is effective for Bell’s Palsy. It also showed, that stronger acupuncture stimulation was leading to significantly better results.

This finding will help us to treat this condition with acupuncture more effectively. It is also important because it adds to the evidence that acupuncture effect is much more than just a placebo.

Reference: reference:
Xu SB, et al “Effectiveness of strengthened stimulation during acupuncture for the treatment of Bell palsy: A randomized controlled trial” CMAJ 2013; DOI: 10.1503/cmaj.121108