Acupuncture is a complete healing system, part of the Chinese Medical model often producing amazing results.
Performed by certified practitioners and physicians it is intended to treat certain medical conditions.
It is a therapy that has been used for centuries. It is philosophy-based medicine, and constitutes a main component of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
It is a wonderful complement to western medicine, but is not a substitute for it.
It is also starting to make inroads into veterinary medicine.
It is performed with sterilized, thin, filamentous needles. It is a relatively safe treatment in the hands of a competent practitioner.
It is supported by scientific research as a physical therapy aimed at healing body, mind, and spirit. As such it is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and improve function. In this context it is one of the safest of therapies.
It is thought to be most effective when practiced regularly over a period of time. It has been used for centuries to treat a wide variety of medical conditions, including headaches, high blood pressure, back pain, infertility, and more recently as a method to help people quit smoking.
This has also been used in the treatment of alcoholism and substance abuse.