Acupuncture derives its meaning from the Latin word "acus" meaning needle and "pungo" or "puncture" meaning penetrate or puncture. This therapy is a methods of preventing, diagnosing and treating diseases and illness by means of inserting special metal needles into the body in specific and designated locations called, acupuncture points.

The procedure is generally painless; as the needles are thinner than hypodermic needles.All needles are pre- sterilised and usually disposable. Developing technologies allow for different types of acupuncture to be practiced.

Traditional Acupuncture – using of needles to identify energy blockages and disperse them to naturally heal the body.
Acupressure – same principal as Traditional Acupuncture except no needles are used and the use of fingers and pressure is used to disperse blockages.
Machine Aided Acupuncture – uses a device to apply small electrical current to specific areas to disperse blockages.

Regardless, of which type of acupuncture is used to treat a patient they all have a base principal. The human body runs on electrical systems called meridians. Should one of these meridians become blocked then it will manifest as an illness or ailment. Acupuncture disperses the blockage and allows the energy to flow freely through the body allowing the body to heal its self naturally.

As with most natural remedies results are not instantaneous but are visible after regular treatments. It is assumed to have originated from Chinese folk medicine although the actual origin is not certain. A wide spread of acupuncture began approximately 2650BC, when an emperor ordered all medicines to be replaced by acupuncture. Today, acupuncture is used both to cure and alleviate but also keep people in good health. Acupuncture has occupied an important place in Chinese medicine. Books are written identifying over 600 acupuncture points on the human body and helps alleviate ailments ranging from back pains to toothaches.

Special departments of acupuncture were established in early Chinese schools of medicine. Acupuncture is one module of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is equally important as all the other modules that comprise the complete Traditional Chinese Medicine course or degree. There is a huge interest in natural remedies, through this there has been a wide interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture (TCM) . As a result there are a number of courses and degrees available. Courses and Degrees in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture (TCM) are both offered correspondence and resident depending on the institution. Please note when looking for an institution to study with always check accreditation before beginning the course or degree.