What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the stimulation of certain acupuncture “points” located throughout the body. Stimulation is often by the insertion of fine metallic needles into the skin and deeper tissues at these points. Acupuncture points can also be stimulated by hand, often called acupressure, laser light, and heat.

Acupuncture is widely practiced in the US with an estimated 3.1 million Americans receiving treatments from acupuncture providers.

What education does an acupuncturist receive?
What kind of license does an acupuncturist have and what do they have to do to maintain it?
What can I expect at my first visit?
Does acupuncture hurt?
What conditions do acupuncturists treat?

Discuss any current healthcare concerns with your provider before beginning treatment.