Acupuncture is a component of the health care system of China that can be traced back at least
2,500 years. The general theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that there are patterns of
energy flow (Qi) through the body that are essential for health. Disruptions of this flow are believed
to be responsible for disease. Acupuncture may, it has been theorized, correct imbalances of flow at
identifiable points close to the skin.
Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific acupoints along the skin of the body involving various methods such as penetration by thin needles or the application of heat, pressure, or laser light. Traditional acupuncture involves needle insertion. It is a form of complementary and alternative medicine and a key component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). According to TCM, stimulating specific acupuncture points corrects imbalances in the flow of qi through channels known as meridians. Acupuncture aims to treat a range of conditions, most commonly used for pain relief.