Acupuncture is an old and anachronistic means of pain relief and recharging the body. The method of acupuncture involves using minute needles, usually stainless steel, to penetrate the skin after it has been sterilized. Manual or electrical stimulation then is utilized to manipulate the needles and create a soft aching sensation on the skin, leading to a feeling of gentle tingling. The overall task of acupuncture is manipulating qi, which is an energy which plays a strong role within the body and flows between meridian points.
Acupuncture is performed by a trained professional with dedication, skill, and practice. Acupuncture can be used to treat such conditions as arthritis, headaches, migraines, joint pain, and other conditions such as alcohol dependence. Acupuncture rests on the notion that health can be increased by affecting the flow of chi energy. Acupuncture can also assist with fertility and the health of the mother.