Although it's Eastern origins are ancient, acupuncture is now very much a part of modern medicine, both Eastern and Western. It has a valid scientific basis and a strong body of clinical evidence for its efficacy.
It is suitable for patients of all ages, from the newborn to the very elderly. It can be administered in many ways, but the preferred methods are needles or laser treatment. It is essentially a non-painful procedure.
Acupuncture offers a real alternative to drugs for many conditions, and at times it offers an option where no effective treatment exists in Western medicine.
Acupuncture should no longer be seen as "alternative medicine", outside of modern medicine.
On the evidence base, and on the clinical benefits, it should now be regarded as an integral part of modern medical practice.