Acupuncture, in Wikipedia is defined as:
Acupunctureis a form of alternative medicine in which thin needles are inserted into the body.
Some examples of Acupuncture in action.
Han dynasty, 154 BC, North China. A peasant works in the millet fields in springtime. A bitterly cold North wind is blowing. In the afternoon after work, she has an itchy throat, a runny nose, a cough and a severe stiff neck and headache. She visits the local acupuncturist who diagnoses an invasion of exterior Wind-Cold. The acupuncturist inserts a few needles in the peasant’s hands and applies cupping to two points in the upper back, which produces a marked improvement after a few hours.
AD 1988, London England. A fund manager in the City of London suffers from anxiety and insomnia. He works long hours and under considerable pressure as he is responsible for the management of several million-pound funds. A colleague at work had tried acupuncture to stop smoking and recommends him to his acupuncturist who diagnoses a case of Liver-Qi stagnation from the pressure of work. He inserts a few needles to remove the stagnation of Liver-Qi and calm the mind. After a few weekly treatments, there is considerable improvement.
Giovanni Maciocia, The Foundations of Chinese Medicine