Definition of Acupuncture


Acupuncture: Technique for treating some painful conditions and for regional anesthesia by passing long thin needles through the skin to specific points. Needles of various shapes are inserted into the skin with the purported aim of stimulating acupoints, which supposedly enable direct influence of the flow of Qi (chi). Practitioners may be called “acupuncturists” or “acupuncture therapists.” Most forms of acupuncture are unnaturalistic. Neuro-electric acupuncture and New Scientific ElectroAcupuncture—and, apparently, osteopuncture—are naturalistic. (Also known as acupuncture therapy, Zhenjiu.)

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This section is designed as a jumping-off point. We’ve “spotlighted” just a few medical studies on acupuncture to introduce you to the nature and diversity of the research. Consider it a springboard to the RESEARCH area.


The heart of the portal. Search the Natural Standard, Cochrane and PubMed databases – and the search engine TRIP – for clinical studies about acupuncture‘s impact on numerous health issues.


Investigate the clinical trials currently underway for acupuncture. Where they’re being conducted around the world – which health conditions are being studied – and how to get involved.