Traditional acupuncture is a health care system based on ancient principles which go back almost two thousand years.It has a very positive model of good health and function, and looks at pain and illness as signs that the body is out of balance. Several hundred acupuncture points are considered to be located along meridians (connected points across the anatomy which affect a specific organ or other part of the body). There are also numerous 'extra points' not associated with a particular meridian. Fine needles are inserted at these points to treat the body. The overall aim of acupuncture treatment, then, is to restore the body's equilibrium.What makes this system so uniquely suited to modern life is that physical,emotional and mental are seen as interdependent and reflects what many people perceive as the connection between the different aspects of their lives.Traditional acupuncture's greatest strength is that it treats each patient individually. Focusing on all factors that contribute to disease, not just the presenting symptoms. Acupuncture is often used to treat musculoskeletal conditions (of the bones and muscles) and all types of pain conditions. Acupuncture is also used to treat a far wider range of conditions including post-operative nausea and vomiting, allergies, including hay fever and eczema, fatigue, depression and anxiety, digestive disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), infertility, menstrual disorders and insomnia.