Acupuncture is one of the best-known tools used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Fine needles are inserted into acupoints within channels called meridians. With moxibustion or moxa, we apply heat to these acupoints with or without a needle. The use of one technique or another depends on the diagnosis.
In 2004, the World Health Organization stated: “Empirical and scientific evidence exists to support the benefits of acupuncture, manual therapies and several medicinal plants for chronic or mild conditions. For instance, the effectiveness of acupuncture, a popular treatment for relieving pain, has been demonstrated both through numerous clinical trials and laboratory experiments. As a result, 90% of pain clinics in the United Kingdom and 70% in Germany include acupuncture as a form of treatment.” Approved clinical guidelines suggest the use of acupuncture for tension headaches. Other studies from prestigious centers (e.g. the Mayo Clinic), found that acupuncture improves fatigue and anxiety in people with fibromyalgia
Acupuncture releases endorphins, which is why it is so effective for pain. Other studies suggest that it improves the immune system response.