Acupuncture is a part of healing art of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which mainly includes acupuncture and Chinese herbal remedy so that acupuncture follows the principle of TCM to diagnose and to treat patients.
The principle of TCM is based on the ancient Chinese philosophic belief that the body must be treated in a holistic manner. Thus it is the whole body that must be treated rather than just the symptoms. The focus is on invigorating the body's immune system. This is especially effective for many chronic problems.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin disposable steel needles into the body's vital energy points. The aim is to regulate the channels of Qi (energy), re-establish the balance of energy and relieve pain. It is particularly effective for arthritis, muscular pain, depression, and surprisingly, it helps to stop smoking. Many people also have acupuncture as a preventive treatment or because they feel unwell in themselves but are not ill in the Western medicine.
Only high quality disposable needles are being used in the clinic. When the practitioner carefully inserts the needles you may feel a slight tingling sensation. Sometimes you might feel numbness at the point of entry or an energy transfer along the meridian to another part of the body.
There are various other techniques based on the principle of acupuncture. These include Auriculo-Acupuncture and Electro-Acupuncture. Auriculo-Acupuncture concentrates on application of specific points in the ears. It is more effective to some particular conditions such as addictions, insomnia, stress, etc. Both Auriculo-Acupuncture and Electro-Acupuncture can be applied with or without needles.