What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a system of complementary medicine that involves pricking the skin or tissues with needles, used to alleviate pain and to treat various physical, mental, and emotional conditions. Originating in ancient China, acupuncture is now widely practiced in the West.

The needles are very thin and practitioner inserts through the patient’s skin at specific points on the body to various depth. Nobody knows how acupuncture works scientifically. However, we do know that it does have some therapeutic benefits, including pain relief

In theory, acupuncture treatment is said to work by regulating a flow of energy in the body called qi, or chi, a central tenet to TCM. Disruptions in the flow of qi are thought to be responsible for all disease. All therapies have benefits and risks.
The benefits are:

  • When performed correctly it is safe
  • There are very few side effects
  • It is effective in controlling some types of pain
  • provides drug-free pain relief
  • effectively treats a wide range of acute and chronic ailments
  • treats the underlying cause of disease and illness as well as the symptoms
  • provides a holistic approach to the treatment of disease and illness, linking body, mind and emotions
  • assists in the prevention against disease and illness as well as the maintenance of general well-being


The risks are:

  • There may be bleeding, bruising and soreness at the insertion sites
  • The needle may break and damage an internal organ (very rare)
  • When inserted deeply into the chest or upper back there is a risk of collapsed lung (very rare).