Acupuncture involves the insertion of hair-thin needles into specific points on the body. Traditional acupuncture is one of the therapies of traditional Chinese medicine, which has been developed and refined over thousands of years. Sometimes acupuncturists will use other techniques, such as cupping and moxibustion in addition to, or sometimes in place of acupuncture.
A growing body of evidence-based clinical research shows that traditional acupuncture safely treats a wide range of common health problems. The British Acupuncture Council has a series of fact sheets that summarise the most recent research for a range of conditions. Click here to visit their research pages. Since acupuncture is a holistic treatment, you may experience improvements in symptoms other than those being directly treated, and people often report simply feeling better in themselves.