Why Acupuncture

Health is so much more than simply ‘the absence of disease’. Pain, injuries and chronic illness can stop us from living our best life. The quality of our sleep – digestion – mood – energy – mobility – menstrual cycle all contribute to our health and wellbeing. If one area of your health is not functioning well, it can and often does have a flow on effect to others.

Traditional Chinese Medicine looks at the whole body. What is working well and what is not. It is a highly individualized system of medicine that seeks to determine the underlying cause of symptoms. Acupuncture is used to restore balance and function in the body and promote optimum wellness.

We treat



Knee pain, osteoarthritis, neck, low back and shoulder pain, joint problems


Migraine and Headaches

Tension headaches, stress management, anxiety, insomnia, TMJ pain


Allergic rhinitis

Recurrent sinus congestion, facial pain, sinus pressure, immunity support


Digestive issues

Irritable bowel, constipation, post-operative and chemotherapy induced nausea


Women’s health

Menstrual pain, cycle regulation, natural fertility support, menopausal hot flushes, fatigue


Pregnancy support

Back and pelvic pain, nausea, reflux, headaches, natural labour preparation, post-partum care

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine may be used to alleviate a variety of symptoms associated with conditions that are not listed here. Please contact us if you would like to discuss whether Acupuncture may be beneficial for your individual health concerns.

About us

With over 40 years of combined experience in the health care industry, you are in very capable hands with this mother and daughter team (Fran Barns and Laura Campbell).

Both Fran and Laura have a confident, knowledgeable and enthusiastic manner that suits people of all ages.

Services we provide include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • Chinese dietary recommendations
  • Massage and Tui-na massage
  • Electro-acupuncture
  • Trigger point therapy – where ‘Dry Needling’ originated from
  • Cupping
  • Moxibustion & Gua Sha (scraping)
  • Press needles for continuing treatments at home
  • Acupressure and Shonishin (non-needle therapy) for children.

Our Team


Laura Campbell

Working as an Emergency Nurse for 20 years has highlighted the health needs and challenges within our community. Advocating for and improving the referral pathway between medical doctors and complementary health practitioners is an ongoing passion. She believes a team approach that includes Acupuncture can result in the best possible health outcomes for a wide range of health complaints.

Laura has a special interest in women’s health, pregnancy and post-partum care, headaches/migraines, sinusitis, digestive dysfunction, support for side effects of chemotherapy, musculoskeletal issues and sports injuries. Her treatment style is a relaxing but comprehensive approach that allows you to take some time for yourself. She incorporates Yoga, Mindfulness and therapeutic breathing techniques into her self-care education alongside Chinese Exercise Therapy.


Fran Barns

Fran has worked in the complementary health field for over 30 years. During this time she has developed a diverse style of treatment. Myofascial release techniques, trigger point therapy, deep tissue massage and kinesiology may be combined with Japanese style Acupuncture to give you the best outcome possible. A selection of stretches, exercise prescription and kinesio-taping are incorporated as needed.

Fran has a long term interest in musculoskeletal injuries and pain, skin conditions, men’s health, autoimmune and degenerative conditions. Her treatment style is an active, dynamic experience where a variety of manual therapy techniques are often used alongside gentle Acupuncture.

Chinese medicine

Like the nautilus that expands its shell when it has outgrown the one it is in – Chinese Medicine enables us to expand the way we look at our body. Understanding that we are an interdependent system that is influenced by the world around us can help bring positive changes into our life.


An Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine practice with transformative results.

Nautilus Acupuncture
Phone 0428 942 010

69 – 79 Attenuata Drive,
Mountain Creek, Sunshine Coast

Research References

This is a limited selection of references from: The Acupuncture Evidence Project: A Comparative Literature Review Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd (2017). For a comprehensive overview of mechanism research, quality of evidence and summary of findings  https://www.acupuncture.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/28-NOV-The-Acupuncture-Evidence-Project_Mcdonald-and-Janz_-REISSUED_28_Nov.pdf

Coeytaux RR, Befus D. Role of Acupuncture in the Treatment or Prevention of Migraine, Tension-Type Headache, or Chronic Headache Disorders. Headache. 2016 Jul;56(7):1238-40.

Corbett MS, Rice SJ, Madurasinghe V, Slack R, Fayter DA, Harden M, et al. Acupuncture and other physical treatments for the relief of pain due to osteoarthritis of the knee: network meta-analysis. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2013 Sep;21(9):1290-8

Garcia MK, McQuade J, Lee R, Haddad R, Spano M, Cohen L. Acupuncture for symptom management in cancer care: an update. Curr Oncol Rep. 2014 Dec;16(12):418.

Lam M, Galvin R, Curry P. Effectiveness of acupuncture for nonspecific chronic low back pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Nov 15;38(24):2124-38.

Li H, He T, Xu Q, Li Z, Liu Y, Li F, et al. Acupuncture and regulation of gastrointestinal function. World J Gastroenterol. 2015 Jul 21;21(27):8304-13.

Liddle SD, Pennick V. Interventions for preventing and treating low-back and pelvic pain during pregnancy. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2015(9):Cd001139. 9

Lim CE, Ng RW, Xu K, Cheng NC, Xue CC, Liu JP, et al. Acupuncture for polycystic ovarian syndrome. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016(5):Cd007689

Linde K, Allais G, Brinkhaus B, Fei Y, Mehring M, Shin BC, et al. Acupuncture for the prevention of tension-type headache. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016;4:Cd007587.

McDonald, J, & Janz, S. (2017) The Acupuncture Evidence Project: A Comparative Literature Review Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd

Selva Olid A, Martinez Zapata MJ, Sola I, Stojanovic Z, Uriona Tuma SM, Bonfill Cosp X. Efficacy and Safety of Needle Acupuncture for Treating Gynecologic and Obstetric Disorders: An Overview. Med Acupunct. 2013 Dec 1;25(6):386-97

Smith CA, Armour M, Zhu X, Li X, Lu ZY, Song J. Acupuncture for dysmenorrhoea. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016;4:Cd007854

Wu MS, Chen KH, Chen IF, Huang SK, Tzeng PC, Yeh ML, et al. The Efficacy of Acupuncture in Post-Operative Pain Management: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. PLOS ONE. 2016;11(3):e0150367.