Acupuncture has been practiced in China for over 3000 years ago and is one of the most widely used healing systems in the world. The medical technique uses needles inserted at particular point on the body to balance the opposing forces of yin and yang. This unblocks the Chi, the energy that controls mind and body, which is believed to flow through the body through 20 meridians, restoring balance. When a person is sick, diseased, or injured, the Chi is blocked.
There are 500 specific acupuncture points where needles can be inserted for specific effects to different organs or bodily functions. In today’s science, this suggests that acupuncture may stimulate the nervous system to produce endorphins which reduce pain.
The typical acupuncture treatment involves leaving the inserted needle in for period of 15-30 minutes, and would involve multiple sessions. The treatment could take months but are proven effective.