Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world. It is a part of traditional Chinese medicine that restores and maintains health through the stimulation of specific points on the body. The procedures involve the stimulation of anatomical points on the body using a variety of techniques by penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation.
Scientists are studying the efficacy of acupuncture for a wide range of conditions. Relatively few complications have been reported from the use of acupuncture; however, acupuncture can cause potentially serious side effects if not delivered properly by a qualified practitioner. Acupuncture has been proven effective in treating pain, stiffness, paralysis, muscle tension and sensory loss.