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Gentle, effective treatment

for the whole family.

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are systems of medicine thousands of years old. They address your symptoms and see you as a whole, integrating both physical and emotional well-being.

Lisa Holden is a registered acupuncturist, Chinese herbalist and registered nurse. She uses acupuncture, auriculotherapy and Chinese herbs to tailor her treatments to meet individual needs. Her approach is integrated, holistic and evidence based. Lisa takes time to listen and you get individual attention.


Acupuncture needles are very thin and almost painless; very different the needles used for blood tests and medical procedures. Only sterile, single use needles registered with the TGA are used. They are inserted in specific points along the meridians which correspond to your condition. Acupuncture is effective for treating a huge range of common conditions. It is used by people all ages from the very young to the very old and all ages in between.

Research is frequently updated and there is a rapidly expanding evidence base for the use of acupuncture and Chinese herbs in the promotion and maintenance of health. Acupuncture works well alongside conventional medicine, psychology and physical therapies. It is commonly used to support the immune system and well being of people undergoing treatment for cancer. It is used to assist pregnant women who cannot take pharmaceuticals. It also assists in regulating the menstrual cycle and improves fertility. Auriculotherapy in particular is useful for depression, anxiety and PTSD.


There are many practitioners offering acupuncture services but until recently, it has been difficult to identify qualified professionals. From 1 July 2012 all practitioners using the title Acupuncturist or Chinese Herbal Medicine Practitioner must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA) under the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia.

Only registered acupuncturists and practitioners of Chinese Herbal Medicine have met the standards set by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia. People offering a dry needling service or have their registration by another board have not met these standards. Always choose practitioners who are registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia.



B.Hlth.Sc (TCM); B.N
Acupuncturist and Herbalist

Lisa Holden is a registered acupuncturist, practitioner of Chinese medicine and registered nurse. Having worked in health care for over two decades, she has extensive experience in a broad range of fields.

Lisa contracts to Liverpool hospital cancer wellness centre. She is one of the few acupuncturists to work within the public health system. She provides an acupuncture service to people with all types of cancer and at all stages of their cancer journey.

Lisa has provided an acupuncture service at Liverpool women's health service for over six years. She is part of a dynamic team there which amongst a wide variety of services, makes complementary therapies available to disadvantaged women. Lisa has gained experience there that is simply not available to practitioners who work solely in private practice. For a variety of reasons, accessing health care can be difficult for many of her patients. She sees victims of domestic violence, refugees, pensioners, Aboriginal women, women with substance use disorders, mental health issues and other complex needs.

She is regularly involved with clinical trials and has administered acupuncture to participants of trials conducted by the National Institute of Complementary Medicine including trials investigating IVF support and endometriosis. She will soon be involved with another trial investigating acupuncture treatment of cancer related fatigue. She has published her own case study in a peer reviewed journal describing clinical success treating a paediatric patient with cancer.

Lisa supervises undergraduate students at Western Sydney University and at times will have a student observer in her private practice. You will always be asked before an observer is present. An observer is only ever present with your consent and it is always greatly appreciated by students because it benefits their learning so much. It is understood and totally acceptable if you would prefer this did not occur. Just let us know.

Lisa's nursing experience is broad based and she has often worked with people with complex needs in various settings. She combines this experience to deliver a high quality service to those she treats. With Lisa, you can be confident you are in caring and skilled hands.



How do I make an appointment?

Please phone, text or email to make an appointment. Due to COVID 19, our opening hours have changed. We are open Sunday at Bella Vista and by appointment at Winmalee. We will try to find a time that suits you. Please wear a mask and reschedule your appointment is you have any symptoms suggestive of COVID19 however mild.

Where is Hills Family Acupuncture?


BELLA VISTA: We’re in the Q Central building, across the road from Norwest Private Hospital. Take the elevator to Level 2, turn right when you exit the elevator and walk down the corridor to Suite 208A. We’re in Hills Allied Health.

Where do I park?

BELLA VISTA: There is some parking out the front (including disabled parking) and more parking when you drive in. There is limited street parking, paid parking at the hospital and free parking at Circa shopping centre a block away so you can also do some shopping or have lunch while here.

BLUE MOUNTAINS: On-site parking and ample street parking available.

Can I use my health fund card?

Yes! HICAPS facility is available so you can claim at the time of your appointment. Please check with your health fund if you are covered for acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.

How long are appointments?

Please allow an hour for each appointment. It is best to arrive a few minutes early for the initial appointment to complete a form before your session.

How many treatments will I need?

It is always difficult to answer this question because no two people are the same. As a rule, the longer you’ve had the condition, the longer it will take to treat. Typically, people choose to come frequently at first, once or twice a week though some people only need a single treatment.  Generally,  people will increase the interval between treatments as their condition improves. Most people need a series of treatments. Progress is then reviewed after a predetermined number of treatments.

Does it hurt?

No! The needles are very fine and a gentle needling technique is used. Often, you won’t even feel them.  Typically, you do feel a mild sensation as a needle penetrates the skin but it is a sensation, not pain. Then some people feel nothing while others will feel the Qi, or energy moving through the meridians. It is not unpleasant and there’s definitely no need to be nervous!


What will I feel?


The vast majority of people feel a sense of calmness and relaxation. Many people fall asleep during treatment. People can also feel a bit sleepy for a short while after treatment. Acupuncture is generally a very pleasant experience


What should I wear?


It is good to wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing. You will be asked to remove earrings for auriculotherapy.  The most commonly used acupuncture points are between the elbows and hands/knees and feet. Points on the abdomen and back are also used frequently so ideally wear clothing that can be moved to allow access to these areas. Skinny jeans are not ideal.


What should I bring?


Please bring along any imaging (xrays, ultrasounds, CTs and MRIs) and blood test results relevant to your condition.  This will allow us to more completely understand what is happening so we know how best to assist you. Please also bring a list of any medication, herbs or supplements you are taking and the contact details of your health care providers. Don't forget your health fund card!


Auriculotherapy is a system of ear acupuncture developed last century by Dr Paul Nogier. It is a more involved, complex system of ear acupuncture than is taught in schools of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Lisa Holden has been practicing Nogier style auriculotherapy for over 9 years. She is one of the most experienced auriculotherapists in Sydney. She finds it a powerful and effective system to manage a broad range of issues.

Point identification and location is very precise in Nogier style auriculotherapy. A subtle change in the pulse felt at the radial artery is used to guide the exact position on the ear to be needled. Only points on the ear which correlate to areas of the body experiencing some form of disharmony will elicit that subtle change in the pulse. This means treatment is being guided by your body to the areas that specifically require treatment.

Auriculotherapy can be used as a stand-alone treatment or combined with usual body acupuncture.


Initial Consultation 

   •    Comprehensive History
   •    Diagnosis
   •    Tongue Evaluation
   •    Pulse Diagnostics
   •    Acupuncture Treatment
   •    Herbal Recommendations (as appropriate)
   •    Electo Acupuncture (as needed)
   •    Auriculotherapy (as needed)
   •    Treatment Plan
   •    Herbs (at additional cost
Follow-Up Consultations

  •     Recent History

  •     Tongue Evaluation​

  •     Pulse Diagnostics

  •     Acupuncture Treatment​

  •     Auriculotherapy (as needed)

  •     Herbal Recommendations (as appropriate)

  •     Herbs (at additional cost)


Hills Allied Health, Suite 208A
Q Central - 10 Norbrik Drive, Bella Vista 2153

(Opposite Norwest Private Hospital)

Clinic: (02) 4751 5496

Direct: 0405 413 199

Clinic Hours:

Sunday: By Appointment Only

9:30am - 5:00pm


Winmalee Physiotherapy
389 Hawkesbury Rd, Winmalee 2777

Clinic Hours:

By Appointment Only
Contact Lisa Holden: 0405 413 199

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