It didn’t help me, although I was open to the idea. Luckily, I had a very honest and ethical young acupuncturist, who dissuaded me from continuing indefinitely, as he wasn’t satisfied, himself, it was helping, and I think it would have been all too easy for me not to know when to stop, fearing I just hadn’t given it enough chance. A less scrupulous practitioner might have been happy to keep taking my money.
I don’t think the evidence is conclusive enough for it to be offered on the NHS - at least, not for MS - although I believe it is available in some areas, for some conditions.
I believe, under the NICE guidelines, GPs are allowed to tell MS patients that some have found it helpful - which means there is some evidence - but it stops short of allowing them to refer.
I think it actually made me stressed, because although it does not hurt exactly, I never learnt to relax with the sudden zaps that you get. I don’t think all practitioners aim for that response, but my one firmly believed it was part of the process, and that if he didn’t achieve that, it wasn’t doing anything. He used to be pleased if there was a really big one, because apparently that meant the bad energy, or whatever it is (I forget the exact theory) was being released. But sometimes I used to get a real fright, so it wasn’t very calming or relaxing.