What is Acupuncture ?


An acupuncturist will insert needles into a person’s body with the aim of balancing their energy. This, it is claimed, can help boost wellbeing and may cure some illnesses. Conditions it is used for include different kinds of pain, such as headaches, blood pressure problems, and whooping cough, among others.

Traditional Chinese medicine explains that health is the result of a harmonious balance of the complementary extremes of “Yin” and “Yang” of the life force known as “Qi,” pronounced “chi.” Illness is said to be the consequence of an imbalance of the forces.

Qi is said to flow through meridians, or pathways, in the human body. These meridians and energy flows are accessible through 350 acupuncture points in the body. Inserting needles into these points with appropriate combinations is said to bring the energy flow back into proper balance.

There is no scientific proof that the meridians or acupuncture points exist, and it is hard to prove that they either do or do not, but numerous studies suggest that acupuncture works for some conditions.

Some experts have used neuroscience to explain acupuncture. Acupuncture points are seen as places where nerves, muscles, and connective tissue can be stimulated. The stimulation increases blood flow, while at the same time triggering the activity of the body’s natural painkillers. It is difficult to set up investigations using proper scientific controls, because of the invasive nature of acupuncture. In a clinical study, a control group would have to undergo sham treatment, or a placebo, for results to be compared with those of genuine acupuncture. Some studies have concluded that acupuncture offers similar benefits to a patient as a placebo, but others have indicated that there are some real benefits.


Acupuncture can be beneficial in that:

➡️ Performed correctly, it is safe.

➡️ There are very few side effects.

➡️ It can be effectively combined with other treatments.

➡️ It can control some types of pain.

➡️ It may help patients for whom pain medications are not suitable.


An acupuncturist will examine the patient and assess their condition, insert one or more thin, sterile needles, and offer advice on self-care or other complementary therapies, such as Chinese herbs.

The patient will be asked to lie down on their back, front, or one side, depending on where the needles are to be inserted. The acupuncturist should use single-use, disposable, sterile needles. As each needle is inserted, the patient may feel a very brief stinging or tingling sensation.

After the needle is inserted, there is occasionally a dull ache at the base of the needle that then subsides. Acupuncture is usually relatively painless. Sometimes the needles are heated or stimulated with electricity after insertion. The needles will stay in place for between 5 and 30 minutes.

The number of treatments needed depend on the individual. A person with a chronic condition may need one to two treatments a week over several months. An acute problem normally improves after 8 to 12 sessions.

3 thoughts on “What is Acupuncture ?”

  1. Hi, am living in Hua Hin, I have gout flare sometimes and recently my ankle and foot nerves become heavy painful after sport
    ..can acupunture treatment can help?.

  2. Hello,
    I have been getting weekly acupuncture treatments at Hua Chiew Hospital in Bangkok for the last 5-6 years. We are currently staying in Hua Hin for at least one month due to the Covid situation in Bangkok. Therefore, I really need to find a good acupuncturist who can help me keep my spine aligned. Can you help? If so, what is the cost per treatment–only acupuncture, nothing else? Also, what is your location? Thank you, Bill

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