Acupuncture treats people, not diseases. You will most likely present yourself for acupuncture with a specific symptom or condition. You may describe your illness in the language of Western Medicine - for example: anxiety, arthritis, asthma, back or neck pain, circulatory disorders, depression, fatigue, high blood pressure, general aches and pains, infertility, insomnia, immune disorders, menstrual problems, migraines, recurring sports injuries, skin conditions, sinus problems and stress to mention a few.
Surprisingly, acupuncture does not treat these conditions, because they are regarded as symptoms of an underlying energetic disturbance. It is to this that the treatment is directed. The rationale for acupuncture treatment is based on a lengthy assessment. This involves careful questioning which focuses on more than just the current health issue. In treating the person not the disease you may well find improvement in your symptom or condition as a secondary effect.