Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that has been practiced for centuries. It's based on the theory that energy, called Qi (pronounced "chee"), flows through and around your body along pathways called meridians.
Acupuncturists believe that illness occurs when there are blockages or unbalances in your body. Acupuncture is a technique to unblock or influence Qi and help it flow back into balance.
Acupuncture is done by inserting very thin needles into your skin at certain points on your body. This is done to influence the energy flow. Sometimes heat, pressure, or mild electrical current is used along with needles.
This is a well-established medical procedure that is safe and effective when practiced by a trained professional. Many people are surprised that acupuncture is employed successfully in both acute and chronic conditions, ranging from such mild problems as headaches to serious medical problems.
Acupuncture is painless and produces no side effects. The duration and frequency of acupuncture treatments vary depending on the health problem and the patient's constitution.