Acupuncture is one part of the spectrum of treatments of Chinese medicine (the others being herbs, massage (tuina), exercise and diet). It is one of the most ancient systems of treatment known to mankind. The origins of Chinese medicine date back to at least 2,000 years ago when the first Chinese texts were written. The fact that it still survives to this day gives much credibility to its efficacy.
Practitioners carry out treatment by inserting a few fine needles into points on your body (the Latin word acus means needle and acupuncture means ‘to puncture with a needle’). These points are carefully chosen by the practitioner in order to disperse blockages and improve circulation and to correct health imbalances.