Acupuncture is one branch of a comprehensive system of health care developed in China over 2000 years ago. Acupuncture consists of the insertion of fine needles into the body at points shown to be effective in the treatment of many health problems.
Acupuncture consists of gentle insertion and stimulation of thin, flexible, disposable, sterile needles at strategic points near the surface of the body. The needles might elicit a feeling of heaviness, an ache, warmth or a feeling of energy moving throughout the body. Most people’s fear comes from experience with the much larger and more painful hypodermic needles used for injections. While also sterile and disposable, acupuncture needles are considerably thinner and not designed for injections. When the mental hurdles are removed, most people find acupuncture to be therapeutic and quite relaxing.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has found acupuncture to be effective for these conditions (updated 2010).
The World Health Organization recognizes that acupuncture can treat these conditions (updated 2010).
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) has funded many studies on the effectiveness of acupuncture. The read more about these research studies visit the NCCAM Clinical Trials website.