Acupuncture stimulates the body to produce endorphins and oxytocin, its own pain and stress-relieving chemicals. It may promote sleep by the release of melatonin in the body and may encourage a sense of well-being by stimulating the release of serotonin.
Acupuncture also stimulates nerve fibres to block out pain signals and helps to reduce sensitivity of tender points in the body.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine stainless steel needles in the skin. It has been used in China for over 2000 years and increasingly in Western medicine with growing body of scientific evidence and clinical research supporting its effectiveness.
You should aim to have something to eat in the 2 hours before your treatment.
The number of needles used will vary according to your condition and symptoms, but typically will range from 1 to 10 in your first session.