What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is but one part of a 3,000 year-old system of medicine.
It entails the painless insertion of very fine needles along specific
energy pathways, called meridians, in order to stimulate the body's
ability to heal itself. Acupuncture includes modalities such as cupping,
electro-acupuncture, moxibustion, and infrared heat therapy to enhance
Chinese herbal medicine
Herbal medicine, sometimes referred to as herbalism, botanical medicine,
or nutraceuticals, is the use of herbs for their therapeutic or medicinal
value. About 25 percent of the prescription drugs dispensed in the United
States contain at least one active ingredient derived from plant material.
Some are made from plant extracts; others are synthesized to mimic a natural
plant compound. While herbs can often be used with no or fewer side effects
than prescription drugs, they are not harmless and must be taken appropriately
as prescribed by a licensed herbalist.