The ancient Chinese practice of inserting thin needles in to specific points of the body to improve circulation and reduce pain. It is believed by practitioners of acupuncture that 'qi' or "vital energy' is redirected by the acupuncture process thereby helping the body heal itself
- Acupuncture has been practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years.
- Scientists are studying the efficiency 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.
- Tell your health care providers about any complementary and alternative practices you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care.