Acupuncture is a means of encouraging the body to activate its own healing abilities to restore normal function to problem areas. This is done in modern times by inserting very fine needles to specific points on the body called acupuncture points.

The oldest known acupuncture texts are from China and date from 3,000 years ago. However, acupuncture has expanded into other regions and many different approaches exist today, including Korean, Japanese, and Vietnamese styles.

In recent years, Western medicine has become interested in acupuncture. Acupuncture used alongside orthodox western medicine is sometimes called Medical Acupuncture. Western acupuncturists may use traditional Chinese acupuncture points, trigger points or a combination of points.

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Acupuncture.com.au
Providing introductory information for beginners and professional resources for students and practitioners.
American Acupuncture
Acupuncturist directory and information on acupuncture. Maintained by Carl J. Sarnacki.
Famous Therapies - Acupuncture
Explanation of the various modalities used.
HealthWorld Online Acupuncture
Information about history, benefits and techniques.
Medical Pain Education
Includes information about using acupuncture to treat pain. Maintained by Dr. Simon Strauss, Southport, Australia.
Medicinenet.com - Acupuncture
Offers description, standards for needles, side effects, conditions for use and brief procedure outline.
NDSN.org - Acupuncture in Drug Addiction
An article on the use of acupuncture to treat drug addiction.
Point Injection
Experiment investigating the role of mast cells in acupuncture analgesia in rats.

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