Acupuncture is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) involving thin needles inserted into the body at acupuncture points and it is most commonly used to treat pain.
Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force —Tui-na known as qi — believed to flow through meridians in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture could help your energy flow and will re-balance.
In contrast, many Western practitioners view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. Some believe that this stimulation boosts your body's natural painkillers and increases blood flow.