Acupuncture is one of the branches of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and is characterized by the use of very thin needles, without any
medication, inserted into the skin along the meridians coursing through the body. These needles penetrate only a few millimeters into the patient’s skin, deeply enough to reach certain key points to relieve pain, tension and restore balance.
It is important to point out that acupuncture is painless. Finger pressure is often more painful (Acupressure or Shiatsu) than the acupuncture needles penetrating the skin because it is too thin to cause any pain.
The needles are made of two types of metal and act as an
antenna (or several) capturing the Qi energy (Chi or Ki) from the environment and bringing it into the body, or by removing excess energy (excess Yang) and returning it to the environment.