Acupuncture has been used to treat a variety of health problems for centuries, by regulating the body’s ability to heal, through the stimulation of specially-defined body points, using very fine sterilized disposable filiform needles. Stimulation of these points activates the acupuncture channels, activating and balancing the body’s organs, endocrine and immune systems.  

 "Japanese Acupuncture: returning to the classics" 

article taken from Blue Mountains Gazette 15/09/2010

Japanese acupuncture is noted for it absolute comfort in the following areas: 

1. Much finer needles with insertion tubes allowing gentle tapping and control 

2. Needling very shallow without manipulation Many times needles do not penetrate the skin but simply touch the points 

3. Point location by palpation with patients verifying immediately the effect via reflex points

4. Pulses and abdomen palpated to indicate patterns of imbalances and treatment

5. Greater variety of points used for immediate palpable effects rather than standardised point combinations

6. Unique variations and refinements in cupping, thermal therapy, microbleeding, and physical therapetic movements, and

7. Treatment directed at harmonising Ki in the body through the meridian systems instead of herbal diagnosis methods

Acupuncture is effective for the following conditions:

Respiratory System Disorders

Coughs, Colds, Asthma, Sinusitis, general immunity

Digestive Disorders

Gastritis, indigestion, constipation and diarrhoea, hemorrhoids, nausea, poor appetite

Female Health

Menstrual disorders, fertility, menopause, premenstrual syndrome, morning sickness, IVF support, endometriosis

Male Health

Impotence, premature ejaculation, fertility, erectile dysfunction

Muscle and Joint Disorders

Lumbar pain, tennis elbow, arthritis, sprains, sciatica, strains, sports injuries

Skin Disorders

Eczema, dermatitis, acne

General and Emotional Concerns

Allergies, insomnia, headaches and migraine, depression, anxiety, frustration, low energy and fatigue 

In 2003 the World Health Organisation (WHO) released a 87-page landmark study entitled "Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials" which investigated the effectiveness of different aspects of acupuncture therapy based on existing clinical data.

The report found acupuncture successful in treating the following ailments: "Diseases and disorders that can be treated with acupuncture"