Acupuncture is an ancient system of medicine. The earliest acupuncture books were written over two thousand years ago and today, worldwide, there are over three million practitioners.
Many people come to acupuncture for help with a specific symptom or condition, for example: anxiety states, arthritis, asthma, back pain, circulatory problems, depression, facial paralysis, fibrositis, high blood pressure, indeterminate aches and pains, infertility, menstrual problems, ME, migraines, morning sickness, psychological disorders, rheumatism, sciatica, skin conditions, tiredness, ulcers and urinary problems. Practice and research over many years has shown acupuncture's effectiveness in helping these and many other conditions.
The effect of good acupuncture, however, is to do more than simply cure symptoms.
Some people would like to try acupuncture but don't because they assume it will be painful. In fact, the needles used are much finer than those used for injections and the sensation felt is usually described as just a dull ache or tingling when the needle reaches the desired point (an area 4-5mm below the surface of the skin). It is rarely described as painful and lasts only 1-2 seconds.