Acupuncture is a treatment derived from Ancient Chinese medicine, which seeks to release the flow of the body’s energy or chi by stimulating points along 14 energy pathways. Conventional acupuncture involves single-use sterilised needles of various widths, lengths, and metals. These are left in the body for anywhere between 15 and 30 minutes to achieve the full benefits of the treatment.

Scientists say the needles cause the body to release natural painkillers like endorphins, melatonin, and serotonin, boosts blood flow, and changes brain activity. This means that, in addition to pain relief, acupuncture can promote better sleep and ease problems like chronic headaches.

Acupuncture rarely causes more than very mild side effects and is, therefore, a fantastic option for those that have difficulty with medications and steroid treatments.