Acupuncture is a tried and tested system of medicine. The Chinese and other eastern cultures have been using acupuncture to restore, promote and maintain good health for thousands of years. Many people come to acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or conditions. Others choose acupuncture as a preventative measure to strengthen their constitution, or because they just feel generally unwell. Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages, including babies and children. It can also be used alongside conventional medicine. You will be asked about your current symptoms, what treatment you have received, your medical history, your diet, digestive system, sleeping patterns and emotional state. The acupuncturist is also likely to feel your pulses on both wrists, and may ask to look at your tongue. The acupuncture points used are not always close to the part of the body where you experience the problem. Acupuncture needles are much finer than needles used for injections and blood tests. Where the needle is inserted, the sensation is often described as a tingling or dull ache. Acupuncture is widely considered to be beneficial for a range of illnesses and symptoms, from clearly defined complaints such as headaches, neck ache and back, arthritic and dental pain, through to more general feelings of ill health such as nausea or low energy. Traditional acupuncture works to maintain the body’s equilibrium by focusing on all aspects of wellbeing, physical, mental and emotional.