Acupuncture is a system of medicine originating thousands of years ago in Asia that typically uses very fine, sterile, single-use needles to stimulate specific points on the body. It is a holistic form of treatment and may also include using techniques such as moxibustion, cupping, massage and electro acupuncture, all of which will be explained by the practitioner.
Acupuncture addresses the whole individual. Often people come with more than one symptom. Practitioners will take all symptoms into account as it helps inform them in their work and treatments will be tailored to the patient to improve mind, body and spirit. There is a growing body of evidence to support many different conditions that can be improved using acupuncture. www.evidencebasedmedicine.org has reviewed the research throughout the world and compiled reports for the public to view.
(adapted from the Association of Acupuncture Clinicians)