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At the heart of general practice since 1960

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.

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