During an acupuncture treatment very fine needles are inserted at specific points on the body. The effect of the needles can be enhanced with the use of small electrical charges or moxa  on the needles. Moxa or moxibustion involves lighting mugwort, this will warm up and increase the activity at that point.

There are different forms of acupuncture including Five Element Acupuncture, Western Medical Acupuncture, Japanese Meridian Therapy, Korean Hand Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture (TCM).

TCM also includes dietary therapy, Tui na massage, Qi gong, cupping and herbal medicine.

Many practitioners will use different elements of these styles to tailor the best treatment possible for an individual.

The response to acupuncture varies between different people. Most people find it very relaxing and not painful. The time it takes the body to respond can also vary, some people only need a few treatments some require a longer course. A course of acupuncture starts with weekly appointments and then appointments are made with a bigger gap as symptoms start to improve.  People often have regular acupuncture throughout the year to keep on top of chronic conditions.