Acupuncture is one of the most popular forms of alternative medicine!

Although it has been practiced in various parts of Asia for over 2000 years, acupuncture is relatively new in the United States. And yet people are quickly coming to understand how potent this gentle medicine is, and how it can help people, not only to heal, but to avoid some of the side effects of western medical drugs and surgical interventions.

As defined by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, “the term ‘acupuncture’ describes a family of procedures involving the stimulation of anatomical points on the body using a variety of techniques. The acupuncture technique that has been most often studied scientifically involves 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, and many theories regarding “how it works” are still under development.

Acupuncture is not a replacement for standard biomedical treatments; it is a therapy to be integrated with other forms of medicine. Be sure to inform your physician if you intend to incorporate acupuncture into your health care treatment plan. Fortunately, however, relatively few complications have been reported from the use of acupuncture.