Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years in china and became popular in western medicine in the 1970s.
Acupuncture is a therapy or treatment where very fine needles are inserted, just under the skin, at different points on the body; the points chosen are those that will be most effective to help treat your complaint. The needles can stimulate the nerve fibres that stop pain messages reaching the brain. Endorphins and anti-iflammatory chemicals are secreted by the body reducing the sensitivity of tender points in the body. This form of acupuncture is based on western medical acupuncture, which is widely used in the NHS and privately.