Acupuncture is a treatment derived from ancient Chinese medicine
in which fine needles are inserted at certain sites in the body
for therapeutic or preventative purposes.
It is often seen as a form of complementary or alternative medicine (CAM), although it is used in many NHS general practices, as well as the majority of pain clinics and hospices in the UK. According to the NHS it is based on scientific evidence that shows the treatment can stimulate nerves under the skin and in muscle tissue.