Acupuncture is a treatment that involves the use of a special needle along with its specific insertion and technique into a patient. It was developed in China about 2,000 years ago. Today, there are two main forms of acupuncture; traditional and modern.
This form of acupuncture has been called Western medical acupuncture or dry needling.
The BBC lists acupuncture as one of the few evidently effective treatments for arthritis in its news item regarding the study released by Arthritis Research UK.
“Slowly, but surely, complementary and alternative therapies are being recognised as a having health and well-being value.”
Terry Cullen, British Complementary Medicine Association
(Report – 9th Jan, 2013)
Various conditions that may respond to the use of acupuncture:
Sometimes one treatment is enough but this is unusual. Most people require a course of roughly 2 to 6 treatments. At first you may be asked to come back after one or two weeks; as improvement occurs the intervals between treatments may be made longer.
Generally speaking, there should be at least some effect after two or three treatments. If nothing at all happens you are probably not going to respond to this form of treatment.
You may find that the effects of treatment vary from time to time. One treatment may help a lot, the next less or even not at all. Don’t worry too much about this; provided there is a long-term trend towards improvement all is in order.