For over 3,000 years tiny needles inserted in the body have helped to treat various ailments, including headaches, cataracts and diarrhea. Acupuncture techniques actually date back to the Stone Age, and the practice became popular in China around 3,000 years ago. The use of the tiny needles spread to Europe during the 16th century and then to the US during the early 19th century, with the great grandson of Benjamin Franklin being one of the earliest practitioners. However, it didn’t become widely popular in the US until a 1971 visit to China by then Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger. The following year saw the country’s first legal acupuncture center; today, around 40 million Americans benefit from it each year. If you are interested in the ancient technique of acupuncture South Bank professionals are available to help treat a range of conditions.