Charmian is the Head of Chinese Medicine Department and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health and Bioscience at The University of East London. In her talk she talks about her 20 years’ experience in learning about and practising acupuncture in the UK and Nanjing, China. What is it about those little needles that make them alleviate pain, treat illnesses and even help women to get pregnant? What is TEDx? In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxBratislava, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxBratislava event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.