Acupuncture is a safe and effective holistic medicine backed by more than three thousand years of practice and research. Acupuncture is a collection of procedures involving penetration of the skin with needles to stimulate certain points on the body. In its classical form, it is a characteristic component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It has been categorized as a complementary health approach.
The general theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that bodily functions are regulated by an energy called qi which flows through the body; disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible for disease. Acupuncture describes a family of procedures aiming to correct imbalances in the flow of qi by stimulation of anatomical locations on or under the skin (usually called acupuncture points or acupoints), by a variety of techniques. The most common mechanism of stimulation of acupuncture points employs penetration of the skin by thin metal needles, which are manipulated manually or by electrical stimulation. While there are somewhat standard treatment protocols for many conditions, the clinical success of acupuncture is closely related to the wide range of diagnostic signs and symptoms which are taken into effect when looking at the imbalance of patient’s body by the practitioner.