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Acupuncture & Acupressure

Stimulation of muscles and nerves to balance blood flow and promote long-term health and wellbeing.

Treatment for aches, pains, and neurological disorders

Safe, effective relief from pain

Long-term health and balance

Acupuncture & Acupressure

What is acupuncture?


Acupuncture is a type of treatment that involves inserting ultra-thin needles at specific points on the body and at varying depths.


While the technique is derived from Traditional Chinese Medicine, the treatment has risen in popularity across the world, with over 10 million treatments given annually in the US alone [1].

Treatment areas

Acupuncture can help treat many conditions, particularly those involving chronic pain.

The World Health Organization's review and analysis of reports on clinical trials [2] indicates that acupuncture is an effective treatment for 28 diseases and disorders, including:

  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy

  • Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)

  • Depression

  • Dental and facial pain

  • Elbow pain

  • Headache

  • Hypertension

  • Knee pain

  • Nausea & Vomiting (inc. morning sickness)

  • Neck pain

  • Shoulder pain (inc. periarthritis)

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Sciatica (nerve pain)

  • Sprains

  • Stroke.

Other studies suggest acupuncture is beneficial in further areas such as:

  • Back pain [3, 4]

  • Knee osteoarthritis [5]

  • Knee rheumatoid arthritis [6]

  • Migraine [7]

  • Myofascial jaw pain [8]

  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD) [9].

What is acupressure?


Acupressure is a form of treatment that involves applying manual pressure to specific spots on the body, usually with the fingertips or elbow.

Similar to acupuncture, it stems from Traditional Chinese Medicine and utilizes the same theories and concepts. As such, it's often thought of as 'acupuncture without needles'.

Treatment areas​

Acupressure is a painless treatment that can, like acupuncture, treat a wide range of areas.

A variety if research studies have suggested acupressure may provide effective treatment for conditions including (but not limited to):

  • Cancer-related fatigue [10,11]

  • Insomnia [12,13]

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (symptom relief) [14]

  • Lower back pain [15]

  • Menstrual pain [15]

  • Nausea and vomiting (post-operative) [15,16]

  • Painful shoulder syndrome [17]

  • Pregnancy pain [15].


How does treatment work?

Traditional explanation

Traditional Chinese Medicine explains our health through the balance of the opposing 'yin' and 'yang' life forces - or 'qi' - that flow throughout the body. While strong health is associated with balance of the qi, illness is explained as deriving from energy imbalances.

This energy is said to flow across the body through 12 'meridians' (or channels), accessible via 361 specific acupoints.

Both acupuncture and acupressure seek to correct energy imbalances by stimulating specific combinations of the acupoints.

Video courtesy of WebMD

Scientific explanation

"An abundance of information has now accumulated concerning the neurobiological mechanisms of acupuncture, in relation to both neural pathways and neurotransmitters/hormonal factors that mediate autonomic regulation, pain relief and other therapeutics." [18]

Some scientists explain acupuncture and acupressure through neurobiology, seeing the acupoints as specific positions where the muscles and nerves can be stimulated to bring about benefit to the muscular [19], immune [20], cardiovascular [21] and autonomic nerve systems [22], as well as blood flow [23].

Video courtesy of FXNL Media [start to 1:00]

Acupuncture & Acupressue in Hong Kong

Acupuncture & Acupressure at Rin Spine Center Hong Kong

Your First Visit

During your first visit to Rin Spine Center's Hong Kong clinic, you'll be met by friendly reception staff who are on hand to get you set up for your session in a matter of minutes.

Here's a guide to what you can expect from your first visit:


Initial Consultation

You'll speak directly with our Registered Chinese Medicine Oractitioner, Dr. Eric Hwangbo, about your physical and mental condition, as well as your medical history. 


Physical Examination

The doctor will conduct a hands-on examination, applying pressure to various parts of the body, in order to identify the nature of your condition/s. Be prepared to receive physical contact in a range of areas, as the source of symptoms is often away from the area of discomfort.


Acupuncture and/or acupressure treatment

Depending on the nature of your condition/s, the practitioner may recommend either acupuncture, acupressure or a mixture of the two.


In the case of acupuncture, this involves inserting tiny needles into the skin at specific points. For acupressure, this involves applying manual pressure using the fingertips or elbow.

Rest assured that you won't undergo any procedure you feel uncomfortable with - so don't worry if, for example, you're not keen on needles.


Chinese herbal medicine

In some cases, the doctor may recommend taking a specific combination of Chinese herbal medicine to help your condition post-treatment.

He is able to write prescriptions for medicine that you can collect from a nearby Chinese herbalist.

Payment & Insurance

Receptionist taking payment

Treatment Fees


Payment Methods

We accept cash, credit card (Visa & MasterCard) and debit card (UnionPay).

Claiming Back Fees on Insurance

Kindly note:

Every insurance provider and policy is different.

If you'd like to claim back fees, it is your responsibility to ensure you read, understand and follow the terms of coverage and claims submission process of your insurance policy.


Rin Spine Center takes no responsibility for handling, submitting or advising on insurance claims. However, we're very happy to provide treatment receipts for all treatment you attend. 

Many private health insurance plans in Hong Kong cover treatment for Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture or Acupressure, and many of our patients claim back their fees from their insurers.

If you would like to claim back fees for treatment, you should check your insurance policy carefully for what kinds of treatment it covers and the terms for making a claim.

Payment & Insurance


Rin Spine Center offers acupuncture and acupressure services from a convenient location just few minutes' walk from Hong Kong Central MTR.



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