Acupuncture is an ancient treatment that involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body.
There is some debate about whether acupuncture was first developed during China’s Neolithic period (8000 – 3500 BCE) or whether it is nearer to 2000 years old. In either case, acupuncture has been used and developed for at least two millennia.
Acupuncture needles used today are pre-sterilised and disposable. They are very fine (usually 0.12 mm – 0.3 mm) and flexible. Unlike needles used for blood tests and injections, acupuncture needles are solid rather than hollow and their insertion is usually painless.
Acupuncture points are places where the qi or energy can be easily accessed and most are located along meridians, or energy channels. They can be sensitive to touch and are often found at joints and in small hollows in bones and muscles. The acupuncture points used in each treatment are carefully selected according to their location or agreed function.