The United Kingdom
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine sterilized needles, disposable and never re-used, into the body surface at strategic points, called acuponits, to bring about changes in the body to restore health and vitality. The needles usually stay in place for about twenty to thirty minutes. The use of needles is virtually painless.
It is believed that acupuncture works through stimulating the body’s healing responses or immune system. The actions of each acupoint and combinations of points, and their effectiveness in treating different diseases, have been learnt through observation and clinical practice in a long history, and many generations of specialists have refined the techniques. Although the scientific mechanism – the why and wherefore – is still largely not clearly understood, in recent years modern scientific research has verified that acupuncture can affect the certain functions of central nerve system, e.g, releasing Endophin – a natural pain killer chemical in the brain.