Acupuncture originated in China and is still practised as a stand-alone therapy and in combination with conventional medicine. Acupuncture is now widely used and accepted all over the world. The World Health Organisation lists many conditions that acupuncture can help. Acupuncture is based on Chinese Medicine principles that have been developed, researched and refined over 2,000 years. ‘Dry Needling’ used by chiropractors, physiotherapists and osteopaths’ is based on Western Medical understanding of acupuncture and is not the same. Acupuncture works to help maintain your body’s equilibrium, whether recovering from injury or emotional upset. It involves the insertion of very fine needles in specific points to help your body bring back its balance or homeostasis. It works primarily through the body’s nervous system, and energy or Qi, as it is known in China. This can then impact on all other body systems, including endocrine (hormones), immune and circulatory.