What does acupuncture do? 

Let my Chinese Medicine Tutor Cheng Hao Zhou from Northern College Acupuncture explain:

“In Chinese medicine, health is seen as a state of harmony and balance. To maintain this we need physical and emotional flexibility, the ability to move with the flow of life. If we lose this flow, our inner vitality becomes obstructed or depleted and we become ill. Acupuncture works to strengthen vitality and unravel the obstructions which cause ill health. As a practitioner it is possible to diagnose subtle imbalances to either treat or prevent disease, and to make sense of illnesses that conventional medicine often has difficulty treating. Acupuncturists use a range of highly effective and deep-acting treatment techniques, including acupuncture, massage, cupping and moxibustion, that relieve symptoms and treat their underlying causes, strengthen resistance to disease and enhance well-being. Also, as balance is restored there is often a sense of “coming back to oneself”, with the recovery of a sense of purpose. Acupuncture can be effective for a wide range of conditions.”