Rachel Thornton

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine - Kenmore, Brisbane
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Experience a treatment which aims to help you feel better and function better.  If you have musculoskeletal pain, stress, anxiety, digestive disorders or fatigue, acupuncture stimulates your body's healing mechanisms and brings your body back into healthy balance. 


My gentle treatments include acupuncture (the insertion of fine needles into specific point and channels on the body), and may also include massage, cupping, moxa, dietary advice and planning, exercise programs, Chinese herbs, and nutritional supplements. The specific blend of techniques used in any one session will depend on your individual needs and symptoms.


I also offer pregnancy care to assist with symptoms including morning sickness, headaches, fatigue, breech position, induction, and feeding issues. Feel free to take a look at my resources for pregnancy, birth and beyond.


I am happy to talk to you about your needs before booking an appointment, so if you have any questions about acupuncture or my treatments, please give me a call on 0404 115 028. 


Consultations & fees

An initial consultation will look at your presenting symptoms, relevant background details, and your goals for treatment.  At the initial consultation, you’ll also receive your first acupuncture treatment. Allow 60 minutes for the initial consultation and treatment, and arrive 10 minutes before your appointment to complete paperwork. $115


Follow-up consultations consist of a review of your signs and symptoms and a treatment. Please allow 50 minutes. $100


A long consultation (90 mins) may be needed if you have complex or multiple health concerns and/or multi areas of pain that you would like to be addressed, or you may simply like more time with the treatment. $145


Cupping only a 30-minute treatment using suction cups on the back or chest to relieve lung congestion, or to release musculoskeletal tension in the back and torso. $70

A course of treatment is usually four to six treatments.  The number of treatments depends on many factors, including how you respond to treatment, how long you have had the condition, the contributing factors and your capacity to rest and recover.  Like other forms of physical therapy, most people usually require more than one treatment. 


People with acute conditions may need treatment two or three times a week, or weekly during the initial stages of the injury or condition and this is reduced as you improve. 


People with chronic conditions often require weekly treatments until it's under control. As a general guide, for every year the condition has been present, it will require a month of treatment.


I will always check-in with you on your progress and frequency of treatments. I may also provide recommendations such as exercises, dietary changes, relaxation techniques or supplements to help increase the efficiency of the treatment and to maintain optimum health between treatments.


Payment can be made by cash or card and health fund rebates (where applicable) can be claimed on the spot via HICAPS.


Cancellation without 24 hours’ notice will incur a charge for the full cost of the treatment. Please call or SMS me if you are unable to keep your appointment.


About me

Dr Rachel Thornton

Registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner and Acupuncturist


I was drawn to Chinese medicine as a way of combining my passion for natural health, nutrition and making a meaningful difference in people’s lives. With 20 years of experience in health communications, human resources, and natural medicine, helping people has always been at the core of my work.


I offer gentle acupuncture treatments and practical, down-to-earth advice to guide my patients towards better health, physical recovery and emotional balance.  I have a particular interest in the treatment of people with pain, stress and anxiety, digestive disorders, fatigue, and pregnancy care.



  • Registered Chinese medicine practitioner and Acupuncturist, Chinese Medicine Registration Board (CMRB)

  • Member of Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA) 

  • Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture) 2010

  • Certificate IV Therapeutic Massage 2003

  • Bachelor of Arts (Communications) 1996

  • Practitioner of Dr Tan’s Acupuncture Balance Method












31 Aberfeldy Street, Kenmore

The clinic is on the lower level of a private residence, with access via glass sliding doors at the end of the driveway. There is plenty of on street parking. Due to the clinic's proximity to Kenmore State High School, please be drive carefully around school pick up and drop off time periods.

I am available for appointments Monday to Friday.

Book via 0404115028 or online via Access To Alternative Health

If I am in a session with a client and don't answer the phone, please send me an SMS and I'll get back to you.