Through referral and recommendation more and more people are turning to this safe and gentle form of treatment for their health problems (see FAQ for more information). Acupuncture has been used to successfully treat many medical conditions in China for at least 2,500 years, and continues to this day to be used as a compliment to modern medicine in hospitals throughout China. It is only comparatively recently that the 'West' has started to embrace this unique form of healthcare and rigorous research is starting to prove the efficacy of acupuncture.
A good example of this is 'NICE' (the government's health policy advisor) recommendation of acupuncture for lower back pain (2010) and headaches in (2012). Acupuncture is now also available in NHS Pain Clinics throughout the UK and many medical insurers now offer funding for acupuncture treatment.
Acupuncture is also used as a 'preventative' treatment to help maintain health and well being. The rationale is that if the body is kept in balance disease is less likely to take hold, so you don't have to be 'ill' to gain benefits. Many patients continue on this basis after successful treatment of their initial condition. Treatment frequency can range from once a month to once every 3 months for 'maintenance'.