Acupuncture is the practice of
putting thin needles into the skin on certain parts of the body. These are then
activated by gentle and specific movements of the provider's hands. Or through
Acupuncture is part of the ancient
practice of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). TCM providers believe the human body has
more than 2,000 acupuncture points. The points are linked by pathways called meridians.
Meridians create an energy flow called Qi (pronounced "chee") all over the body. Qi is
responsible for overall health. Disrupting the energy flow can cause disease. Using
acupuncture on certain points is believed to improve the flow of blocked or nonmoving
Qi. This restores energy movement and improves health.
Studies have shown that acupuncture
works well for many conditions that are discussed below
Acupuncture is not for everyone. If
you choose to see an acupuncturist, talk with your healthcare provider first. Find an
acupuncturist who is licensed and has the right training and credentials.