Acupuncture is a technique in which the therapist inserts fine needles into specific points on the patient's body.
Usually about a dozen points are stimulated in one session, although the number of needles used may range anywhere from one or two up to 20 or more.
The intended effect is to restore health by re-balancing circulation and energy flows in the body.
Modern acupuncture needles are sterile up to the moment of use, and they are disposable, only ever used once.
Many people new to acupuncture ask, 'Does it hurt?'. While there is no guarantee the procedure will be totally painless, often there is so little sensation the patient may even forget the needles are there! On the rare occasion a needle causes excessive discomfort, the patient should tell the therapist so the needles can be readjusted.