Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine, in which thin needles are inserted into the body. It is one of the components of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). There is a diverse range of acupuncture theories and techniques. It is most often used for pain relief, though it is also used for wide range of other conditions. It is generally cost effective and it is safe when done by an appropriately trained practitioner using clean needle technique and single use needles.
It is believed to have originated around 100 B.C. in China. Then gradually spread around the world.
The majority of people who seek out acupuncture do so for musculoskeletal problems, including low back pain, shoulder stiffness, and knee pain.
It is the insertion of thin needles into the skin. For the majority of cases, the needles will be left in place for ten to twenty minutes. It can be associated with the application of heat, pressure or laser light.