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Acupuncture – the use of needles being inserted into the body – has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years – since 2500 BC.

In the Chinese Taoist religion order in the body depends upon two opposite states – yang and yin. Yang is associated with:
- light
- the sun
- dryness
- masculinity
- The south.

Yin is associated with:
- darkness
- femininity
- wetness
- the north
- The Moon.

All illnesses, no matter how complex or small are thought to be an imbalance of the two states. Acupuncture is said to restore the balance between the two states.

The needles
Before insertion, the needles are stimulated via manual rotation or electronically. The needles used vary in length from between 2 to 27 centimetres in length and are inserted in along more than 800 deep sensory nerves which causes the release of endorphins (natural pain killers). The needles can be left inserted in the patient for several hours and the patient does not suffer any pain or discomfort at all.

Acupuncture is commonly used today all over the world and is becoming increasingly popular as a method of alternative medicine. In the Far East it is used to relieve pain and in China as an anaesthetic.