Acupuncture is an alternative medicine with ancient roots in Eastern medicine. Medical acupuncture refers to the practice of acupuncture by a licensed physician. Acupuncture involves strategic insertion and manipulation of needles in various parts of the body to relieve a number of conditions including back pain, fibromyalgia, headache and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Medical acupuncture delivers a pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effect throughout the body. Needles are specifically placed to target the painful nerve fibers. The needles stimulate the nerves to produce pain blocking brain chemicals. In addition, acupuncture therapy signals the release serotonin, which has an antidepressant effect, and cortisol, a steroid found naturally in the body with anti-inflammatory properties.