Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine and one of the oldest medical procedures in the entire world. It is a drug-free approach that entails inserting thin needles through the skin at a specific body point.
The mechanism of stimulation of acupuncture points employs penetration of the skin by thin metal needles, which are manipulated manually, or the needle may be further stimulated by electrical stimulation (Electroacupuncture).
Acupuncture needles are typically made of stainless steel, making them flexible and preventing them from rusting or breaking. Acupuncture is generally used in combination with other forms of treatment, and it is used most commonly for pain relief, though it is also used to treat a wide range of conditions.
Acupuncture is a very safe medical procedure when administered by qualified practitioners.