about karen adès


Karen is a skilled practitioner of Acupuncture & Chinese herbal medicine, with over 17 years experience in allied health. Her evidence-based practice combines the strengths of traditional medicine with the demonstrated outcomes of clinical research, enabling her to provide effective, highly individualised health care.

Karen delivers safe and effective therapy for acute & chronic illnesses, stress-related conditions and acute & chronic pain (including difficult-to-treat pain). She also offers preventative healthcare and lifestyle & health education tailored to each patient’s individual needs. (Read more about specific health conditions treatable with Chinese medicine here.)

Karen has extensive experience with specialised treatment for all aspects of Women’s Health, Pre-conception Care, Male & Female Fertility, IVF Support & Pregnancy care. She worked as a Senior Practitioner at the renowned Acupuncture IVF Support / Pregnancy Clinic and developed the pregnancy treatment manual currently used in their Sydney clinics.

After almost two decades living in the big smoke, Karen is pleased to be back in her beautiful, home city of Adelaide and practicing in Unley.

Karen is registered and licensed to practice Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia.


Chinese medicine is a broad term that encompasses a number of different therapeutic modalities. Karen employs the following techniques into her treatments:

  • acupuncture (both Chinese and Japanese needling styles)
  • low density laser stimulation (needle-less acupuncture)
  • moxa (heat) therapy
  • Chinese herbal medicine
  • dietary therapy & lifestyle medicine
  • remedial massage and acupressure
  • cupping and gua sha

    Scared of needles? You can still experience all the benefits of acupuncture. Karen utilises low-density laser stimulation in place of traditional needles for extra-senstive and/or needle-phobic patients.