nHow is it practised?
Traditional Chinese acupuncture today recognises more than 2,000 acupuncture points across 14 groups occurring along imaginary lines called meridians.
Each point has a name and number such as liver 3 or bladder 10. Modern 'Western' acupuncture uses about 200 points, fewer needles per treatment (two-four compared with 20-30) that are left in for a much shorter time (occasionally less than a minute, compared with 10-45 minutes).
A typical acupuncture consultation by a Western-trained therapist involves a full history and examination followed by needling.