The New Zealand Register of Acupuncturists (NZRA) is the longest established and largest democratic and professional body representing
traditionally trained practitioners of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine in New Zealand.
When choosing to be treated by a member of NZRA, the general public of New Zealand can be assured that they are in the hands of a safe and fully competent practitioner who meets the highest standards of education, professional conduct and practice. All members of NZRA are bound by the Rules and Ethical Guidelines of the organisation and are required to complete on-going professional education in order to maintain their Annual Practising Certificate.
NZRA members have been recognised as ACC Treatment Providers since 1990. Acupuncture is particularly effective in the treatment of acute injuries but is also of benefit in reducing the shock and emotional component which is often experienced after an accident.
A member of the World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies (WFAS) and the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS), NZRA also has strong affiliations with acupuncture associations particularly in Australia but also in China, the United States, Britain and throughout Europe.
First established in 1977 by a small group of practitioners, the New Zealand Register of Acupuncturists (NZRA) has grown to be the largest professional body representing practitioners of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in New Zealand. A member of the World Federation of Acupuncture Societies (WFAS) and the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS), NZRA also has strong affiliations with acupuncture associations particularly in Australia but also in China, the United States, Britain and throughout Europe.
Members of NZRA have completed the equivalent of 4 years full-time training either in New Zealand or overseas, and have been accepted by ACC as Treatment Providers since 1990. Practitioners who have gained their qualification overseas have either sat and passed an NZRA entry examination or have had their qualification assessed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). All members are bound by the NZRA Rules and Code of Professional Ethics and are required to complete on-going professional education in order to maintain their Annual Practising Certificate.
Whilst all members of NZRA practice acupuncture, many are also experienced in Chinese Herbal Medicine and may combine both modalities in their daily practice.
NZRA does not recognise graduates of primary qualifying TCM programs undertaken by correspondence or distance education mode, nor does NZRA recognise graduates of short courses.
Members of NZRA practise throughout the country in all the main centres and many rural areas. To find a practitioner in your local area, go to “Find a Practitioner” at the top of this page.
The NZRA office is in the Wellington suburb of Kilbirnie. The building was purchased on behalf of the members by the NZRA Council in 2007 as the organisation had long since outgrown its previous premises. Ownership of this building puts NZRA in an enviably strong financial position as we head towards registration under the HPCAA and the inevitable associated costs.
WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE
Acupuncture is the most well known aspect of Chinese Medicine and may be used alone or in conjunction with herbal medicine, moxibustion (the heating of specific acupuncture points using the herb Artemisia), or tui na (Chinese massage). It is likely that the acupuncture practitioner will also offer dietary and lifestyle advice or suggest a course of exercise.
Each of the organs of the body has its own associated channel or pathway of energy. These are often referred to as meridians. Very fine needles are inserted into points along the meridians with the aim of bringing the body to a point of balance and harmony. Every aspect of the patient’s life is considered by the practitioner before the points are selected – sometimes it may be impossible to change someone’s life circumstance, but by using Acupuncture the person may be strengthened so that they are more easily able to deal with what life brings their way.
A visit to an Acupuncturist will usually take up to an hour, with the needles being left in place for 20-25 minutes of that time. Very often people go into a state of deep relaxation whilst the needles are in place and many drift off into a brief but sound sleep. Acupuncture is widely known for its effectiveness in treating musculo-skeletal injuries but has traditionally been used extensively in the treatment of respiratory, digestive, gynaecological and many other chronic conditions.