The origins of acupuncture are thought to date back as far as 100 BC. Originally practised in China, the first documented evidence is the “Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine (Huangdi Neijing)" which is believed to have been published around this time. While acupuncture forms part of traditional Chinese medicine, it is now being supported by a growing body of up to date scientific research and clinical evidence, allowing health professionals such as Physiotherapists to provide evidence-based acupuncture as part of their treatment.
Acupuncture is a complementary medicine used to treat a variety of conditions and pain. It works by stimulating certain channels of the body using specialist fine needles to penetrate the skin; these needles stimulate the muscles of the body and the sensory nerves under the skin to release the body's natural chemicals and endorphins to help alleviate pain.