Acupuncture has become a very widely practised and accepted natural treatment in Western countries and has become integrated into a number of NHS departments in Britain, most notably pain departments. Western medical acupuncture is a ‘dry needling’ version of acupuncture but it is not based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of very fine needles, much finer than those for injections or for taking blood samples. The very fine acupuncture needles are about as thin as a strand of hair. The most commonly used needles are 0.18mm-0.20mm in diameter. These are inserted into acupuncture points on the surface of the body and each point has specific functions. A combination of points are selected to heal illness and reduce pain, thereby promoting good health and a sense of wellness.