Research on botanicals at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) has engendered controversy from NCCIH's earliest days as NCCAM.
What is Accupuncture?
Webster's defines Acupuncture as "An original Chinese practice of puncturing the body to cure disease or relieve pain." The practice of acupuncture dates back as far as 5000 years ago, and is based on the theory that internal energy of a human body flows through 14 pathways called meridians. If someone enters a clinic in China complaining of a migraine headache, a Chinese doctor would choose certain acupuncture points to "release" a blockage of the energy to relieve the migraine.