Acupuncture is a technique in which practitioners stimulate specific points on the body—most often by inserting and manipulating fine thin needles through the skin with the aim of relieving and regaining normal movement. It is a drug free mechanism of pain relief and is beneficial for a wide range of problems.
Acupuncture is generally considered safe when performed by an experienced, well-trained practitioner using using clean-needle technique and sterile single-use needles.
Research suggests that acupuncture can help relief various pain conditions very nicely as an adjunct to other physio techniques.
Traditional acupuncture or dry needling can be used in the clinic for relief of many ailments or as adjunct to other techniques.
Traditional acupuncture involves needle insertion, moxibustion, and cupping therapy.
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine therapy which consists of burning dried mugwort (moxa) on particular points on the body. It can used indirectly, with acupuncture needles, or burn it on the patient’s skin. Moxibustion has also been studied for the treatment of pain, cancer, stroke, ulcerative colitis, constipation, and hypertension.