At Balanced Life Health Care, we practice using Balance Distal Acupuncture. This Acupuncture method is based around the ancient Chinese needle therapy practiced for over 1000 years and combined with the modern medical knowledge, we place emphasis on the function of the nervous and circulatory system in relation to Pain, Illness and Dysfunction.


What is Acupuncture?


Acupuncture is a traditional approach, which is general considered safe, well tolerated, and well researched for helping manage a range of symptoms, it involves the insertion of fine needles into particular areas in the skin. It is thought that Acupuncture increases circulation, reduces inflammation and swelling, aids in the release of the bodies own natural pain killers and reduces stress.


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The Main benefits of Acupuncture are:


  • Reduce inflammation by releasing vascular and immunomodulatory factors (2) (3)
  • Aids in the bodies release of it’s own natural pain killers (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)
  • Reduces swelling and increases mobility while reducing stiffness (9) 

Conditions with Strong evidence of the effectiveness of Acupuncture in the treatment of, that is Moderate to high evidence (1)

  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Chemotherapy-induced Nausea & Vomiting (with anti-emetics)
  • Chronic Lower Back Pain
  • Headache (tension-type & Chronic)
  • Knee Osteoarthritis
  • Migraine prophylaxis
  • Post-opperative nausea & vomiting
  • Post-opperative pain

Conditions with moderate evidence supporting the effectiveness of Acupuncture. Reviews reporting all individual RCTs or pooled effects across RCTs as positive, but the reviewers deeming the evidence insufficient to draw firm conclusions. The quality of evidence is rated as moderate or high quality (1).

  • Acute low back pain
  • Acute stroke
  • Ambulatory Anaesthesia
  • Anxiety
  • Aromatase-inhibitor-induced arthralgia
  • Asthma in adults
  • Back or pelvic pain during pregnancy
  • Cancer pain
  • Cancer related fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Craniotomy anaesthesia
  • Depression (with anti-depressants)
  • Dry eye
  • Hypertension (with medication)
  • Insomnia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Labour pain
  • Lateral elbow pain
  • Menopausal hot flushes
  • Modulating sensory perception thresholds
  • Neck pain
  • Obesity
  • Perimenopausal & postmenopausal insomnia
  • Plantar heel pain
  • Post-stroke insomnia
  • Post-stroke shoulder pain
  • Post-stroke spasticity
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Prostatitis pain/chronic pelvic pain syndrome
  • Recovery after colorectal cancer resection
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Schizophrenia (with antipsychotics)
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder impingement syndrome (early stage) (with exercise)
  • Shoulder pain
  • Smoking cessation (up to 3 months)
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Temporomandibular pain

Your experience at Ferntree Gully Acupuncture 


Ferntree Gully Acupuncture is located in the newly established, modern clinic, Balanced Life Health Care Clinic located in the heart of Ferntree Gully, at the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges Victoria. At Ferntree Gully Acupuncture we use the Balance Distal Acupuncture Method, so you will experience Acupuncture with a difference. This method made famous by Dr Richard Teh-fu Tan, and continued to be taught and expanded upon, by his students including Si Yuan team and Dr Robert Doane. Balance Distal Acupuncture is an advanced style or practice, where Acupuncture needles are placed distally to the area of complaint, and most treatments can be performed while the patient fully clothed. Most commonly only parts of the body needed are the elbows to fingers, knees to toes, and the head.


Our aim is to get you back to peak physical and emotional fitness through Acupuncture, Cupping, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Supplements. Your practitioner might also offer you some simple dietary changes or exercises to help you in getting better quicker. To find out more about our team and expertise please see our practitioner’s individual pages:


Dr Lauren Lanzoni 

Dr Careta Stan

Balanced Life Health Care | Ferntree Gully Acupuncture serving Berwick and Melbourne’s South East including Ferntree Gully, Upper Ferntree Gully, Upway, Tecoma, Boronia, Rowville, Scoresby, Bayswater, The Basin, Croydon, Belgrave, Lysterfield, Knoxfield, Glen Waverley, Wheeler’s Hill, Ringwood, Wantirna South



  1. McDonald, John & Janz, Stephen. (2016). The Acupuncture Evidence Project : A Comparative Literature Review (Revised). Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association Ltd, Coorparoo
  2. Kavoussi B, Ross BE. (2007) The neuroimmune basis of anti-inflammatory acupuncture. Integr Cancer Ther;  6:  251-7.
  3. Zijlstra FJ et al. (2003) Anti-inflammatory actions of acupuncture. Mediators Inflamm; 12: 59-69.
  4. Stux G, Pomeranz B, eds. (1987) Acupuncture Textbook and Atlas. Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag; 1-18.
  5. Zhao ZQ.  (2008) Neural mechanism underlying acupuncture analgesia. Prog Neurobiol.;  85: 355-75.
  6. Zhou Q et al. (2008) The effect of electro-acupuncture on the imbalance between monoamine neurotransmitters and GABA in the CNS of rats with chronic emotional stress-induced anxiety. Int J Clin Acupunct;17: 79-84.
  7. Lee B et al. (2009) Effects of acupuncture on chronic corticosterone-induced depression-like behavior and expression of neuropeptide Y in the rats. Neuroscience Letters; 453: 151-6.
  8. Cheng CH et al. (2009) Endogenous Opiates in the Nucleus Tractus Solitarius Mediate Electroacupuncture-induced Sleep Activities in Rats. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med; Sep 3.
  9.  Goldman N  et al. (2010) Adenosine A1 receptors mediate local anti-nociceptive effects of acupuncture. Nat Neurosci; May 30.
    Han JS. Acupuncture and endorphins. Neurosci Lett 2004; 361: 258-61.

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