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How Does Acupuncture Work?

13 June 2019

Acupuncture is as old as medicine itself, with mummified remains dating from over 5,000 years ago showing evidence of an ancient form of acupuncture. Modern acupuncture has its roots in Ancient China, a place where it is commonly used for its medicinal properties today. Although it hasn't stayed in China and can be found in medical clinics across the world, there is still a long line of sceptics with their eyebrows firmly raised in defiance of acupuncture.

Acupuncture is Used More and More Across the World
Medical professionals use acupuncture to treat a variety of conditions

We encourage these sceptics to take a look at why medical professionals including the NHS are beginning to use acupuncture more and more. We've created this article to explain acupuncture further, describing how it works, what it can treat and whether you yourself can benefit from acupuncture. We've also taken the time to discuss which brands we trust most, ensuring that you can buy the right equipment for your business.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is linked to the idea that disease is caused by a disruption in Qi (energy) in the body. Acupuncture stimulates acupuncture points under the skin, releasing Qi, which travels through meridians and leads to recovery. In Western medical acupuncture, it involves stimulating the sensory nerves under the skin, causing the body to produce pain-relieving endorphins which lead to the beneficial effects that are associated with acupuncture.

The NHS recommends taking a course of acupuncture, as this has been proven to reduce long term pain. A session if acupuncture will last for up to 40 minutes, and will consist of up to 12 needles been inserted into different acupuncture points on the body. These sterilised needles will be held in the skin for up to 30 minutes, which will lead to a dull, stimulating ache.

What Can Acupuncture Be Used to Treat?

Acupuncturists claim that acupuncture can be used to treat a wide range of different conditions, pains and diseases. We would recommend sticking to the NHS guidelines as these are most accurate and used by the professionals. Uses include:

  • Chronic Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Chronic Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Joint Pain
  • Dental Pain
  • Postoperative Pain

Which Brands Can You Trust?

Here at, we pride ourselves in stocking only the best and most trusted acupuncture products. As there are so many brands out there offering acupuncture needles, we recommend that you take your time to find out the products that are best for you. Three brands that we would recommend are SEIRIN, DONGBANG and SEIRIN New Pyonex for Children.


SEIRIN Needles are our most trusted needles and used by professional acupuncturists around the globe. Our brand includes thick needles for the back and thighs, thin needles for the ears and face, needles with a guidance tube for pinpoint accuracy and needles without a guidance tube for the most experienced and professional. Our best selling acupuncture brand, SEIRIN promise safe, expert and professional acupuncture procedures.

SEIRIN J-Type Acupuncture Needles with Guide Tube 0.25 x 30mm (Pack of 100)
SEIRIN J-Type Acupuncture Needles with Guide Tube 0.25 x 30mm (Pack of 100)


DONGBANG is our wide collection of authentic, traditional acupuncture that enables you to offer safe and professional acupuncture. Our range covers tubes, needles, Lancets, spring handles and more, ensuring that whatever your specialty, we've got your back. Complete with tubes and more, our range of DONGBANG ensures that you can deliver the therapy to a level of your choosing.

DONGBANG Spring Handle Acupuncture Needles with Tube (Pack of 1000)
DONGBANG Spring Handle Acupuncture Needles with Tube (Pack of 1000)

New PYONEX For Children

New PYONEX is a sub-brand of SEIRIN, and offers the same wide variety of choice that is perfect for children instead of adults. All of the New PYONEX range needles are tiny and can be applied using a special blister that sticks to the skin. Acupuncture for children, and acupuncture alternatives for those with needle phobia is growing, and with New PYONEX your business can be ahead of the crowd.

SEIRIN New PYONEX Acupuncture Needles for Children 0.20 x 0.90mm (Pack of 100)
SEIRIN New PYONEX Acupuncture Needles for Children 0.20 x 0.90mm (Pack of 100)

What Else Is Out There?

Acupuncture is growing and with that growth it's adapting to meet new challenges. We're trying to stay ahead of that growth, and we sell a wide range of acupuncture that is at the forefront of acupuncture technology. This includes:

What Are The Risks of Acupuncture?

If you're new to acupuncture, then there are a few risks that you should be aware of. Firstly, we recommend that you only ever visit medically certified clinics. There are plenty of clinics out there that are certified, and as long as the doctor treating you is fully qualified then you shouldn't have too much of a problem.

We also recommend that if you suffer any extreme pain during the procedure, or start to feel sick, drowsy, dizzy and faint, that you tell your acupuncturist and tell them to terminate the procedure. Otherwise, acupuncture is extremely safe and complications are rare.

Make Sure Your Clinic Is Ahead of the Crowd

By buying the right acupuncture equipment you can ensure that your clinic offers procedures that are ahead of the rest. Via our Acupuncture Hub, you can access different acupuncture brands, educational equipment, and veterinary and electroacupuncture products.

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