Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through one’s skin at strategic points on the body. By doing so, acupuncturists believe that energy-flow will re-balance itself. A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture was earlier used to treat pain. However, it is now being increasingly used for overall wellness, including stress management.
In contrast, many Western practitioners view acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. Some believe that this type of stimulation boosts the body’s natural painkillers.
Each acupuncturist has a unique style, often blending Eastern and Western approaches to medicine.