Acupuncture has been used to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness for over 23 centuries. An acupuncturist diagnoses your condition by conducting a thorough examination. He/She performs an interpretation based on medical history, pulse, and tongue diagnosis. He/She may also use adjunct techniques such as Moxabustion (heat), Gua Sha (scraping), Cupping (suction), Auricular Therapy (ear acupuncture), electrical or laser stimulation, or manual manipulation of the points. Acupuncture needles are then inserted into "points" on your body.
The needles stimulate and regulate the flow of Qi (Chi), the vital life energy within and around you. Acupuncture is extremely sophisticated and complex. The placement of the needles, and their depth, requires diagnostic skill and experience.