Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine that has been around since before modern medicine existed. It is in fact one of the oldest practices in alternative medicine that is still practiced around the world. Acupuncture is thought to have originated from China, although there are places other than China who have records of practicing this ancient art.
For most people who undergo acupuncture, it is used in order to treat pain or tension.
Acupuncture is the manipulation of certain parts of the body though the use of sticking tiny needles into specific points. Practitioners in the United States use a number of methods that have been brought from numerous places around the world, although acupuncture is still mostly associated with Chinese medicine.
There have been controlled trials to prove what merit acupuncture has, and according to some it has proved relatively useful for headaches and low back pain.
However, there are other trials that state that acupuncture seems just as effective as the placebo effect, and the results may be in fact similar to the reaction people have during the placebo effect, although it may relieve stress and anxiety for some which will affect the way the body perceives pain. Few studies have any real conclusive results in one direction or the other.
Many people who have lost faith in modern medicine or in doctors turn to unconventional medicine like acupuncture to relieve pain and stress. Some people think that it is a cure all and seek it to cure specific ailments that may actually need other treatment. It is not advised to attempt acupuncture on your own at home. It is also recommended that you seek out trained individuals who may have a certification to show you before you allow someone to practice acupuncture. If you intend on undergoing acupuncture make sure to consult your physician.