Acupuncture is a form of therapy (about 3000 years old) in which needles are inserted into speciﬁc points on the body. Some practitioners also use a smouldering herb called ‘moxa’ to warm these points. There are several theories to how the effects are produced. The traditional Chinese point of view is that Ql (energy) flows freely when the body is in a healthy state. If there is a problem, energy stagnates. The stimulation of appropriate acupuncture points frees this stagnation.
Research has shown that 70% of people gain pain relief with acupuncture. it does not work for everybody and every condition but frequently good results are achieved when more conventional medicine has failed. The effects of acupuncture are cumulative with a build up effect as the treatment progresses.