What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a 3,000-year-old Chinese stimulation technique that relieves a variety of medical conditions. Most commonly, acupuncture includes the penetration of thin needles into precisely defined points on the skin, though non-needle therapies also can be incorporated into treatment. Non-needle techniques include rubbing or massaging, pressing on a point (acupressure), heating (moxa) or creating suction over an area of skin (cupping). Some acupuncturists also use lasers to stimulate acupuncture points, often including points on the ear.
What are the benefits of acupuncture?
According to the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, acupuncture can help reduce pain and nausea. The practice also can help relieve:
- Back pain
- Joint pain
- Neck aches
- Menstrual cramps, menopausal symptoms and other women’s health issues