Acupuncture (from the Latin acus, ‘needle’, and puncture, ‘puncture’ 1) is a form of alternative medicine and a key component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that involves the insertion of fine needles into the body at points acupunctural 4 It can be associated with the application of heat, pressure or laser light at these same points. Acupuncture is commonly used for pain relief, although it is also used for a wide range of other diseases. The
Clinical practice varies depending on the country. There is a broad spectrum of approaches
Acupuncturists, which involve different philosophies. The method used in MTC seems to be the most widely adopted in the United States. It is rarely used alone, but rather along with other forms of treatment.
The function of acupuncture is to stimulate points, which correspond to
meridians (energy channels) and that aim to activate, circulation and energy towards the affected sites. The stimulation of these points promotes the release of hormones, such as endorphins and enkephalins that act in the body producing a calming effect, thus reducing pain, inflammation accelerating the healing process of the injury.