Acupuncture is a treatment where single use, sterile needles are inserted in specific areas of the body. Points are usually chosen from an extensive list of acupoints, which are often located along the meridian lines in the body. By causing a micro trauma in the body acupuncture fires up the body’s immune system, creating more blood flow to occur in the tissue and organs. Through activation of the immune system’s defence responses, acupuncture harmonises the body, reduces pains and aches and prevents health issues from arising. When the needle is inserted or stimulated the patient might experience a sensation of heaviness, tingling, warmth or cold, a travelling sensation often along the limbs or pressure.
Acupuncture is recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an effective treatment modality for numerous health problems; including gynaecological diseases and issues, infertility, menopause symptoms, headaches pregnancy associated complications, labor induction, chronic pain, depression, knee and back pain, adverse reactions to chemotherapy, nausea and vomiting and many many more. (You can read the full WHO list here)
In general acupuncture is an effective and safe treatment when performed by a trained licensed therapist. As it is a drug-free therapy it has minimal side-effects.