Acupuncture: An Introduction


Skilled acupuncturists can produce pain by inserting needles at great distances from the site of pain.

Acupuncture involves stimulating different parts of the body by the insertion of tiny needles to produce a therapeutic effect. There are a number of varieties of acupuncture that are practiced all over the world. The major distinction is between acupuncture as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which also involves the administration of herbs and other substances and the non-TCM varieties, which rely on the needles alone.

Studies have shown that a number of pain states can be treated successfully with acupuncture. One problem with this approach has been the duration of effect, which is extremely variable. I have observed that acupuncture is most likely to be effective in cases that respond to other types of stimulation such as trigger point injections, TENS therapy and spinal cord stimulation.

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