No they are very different. While both dry needling and acupuncture use sterile fine needles which are inserted into body, the two techniques are based on completely different principles of diagnosis and action. Dry Needling inserts needles into “knots” in muscles. This can provide relief from chronically tight and painful muscles and joints.
Chinese acupuncture inserts needles into selected acupuncture points according to Chinese medicine theory and principles. The needles are meant to release the follow of qi and blood. This relieves pain and balances the body energy system (meridians). Chinese acupuncture has a far wider application in treating illnesses because it balances the inner harmony of the organs and brain.
In Australia, Chinese acupuncture which can only be done by an acupuncturist who is registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia.