The use of Acupuncture in western medicine is increasing as more and more healthcare professionals are taking a holistic approach to healing.
Acupuncture is designed to benefit health conditions and provide patients with a feeling of mental clarity and calm.
It is based on the theory that the body has a natural energy or qi (pronounced "chee") which flows throughout the body in channels (meridians) and that illnesses are a result of the flow of this energy becoming blocked or clogged.
When the natural flow of energy is clogged or the flow becomes interrupted and weakened the body becomes more susceptible to illness.
Acupuncture is designed to help the body cope with insufficient flows of energy.
This alternative form of healing works directly with the body's 'chi' by removing the obstructions in the energy flow.
The process involves treating specific pressure points (acupuncture points) by placing needles at certain points in the body that are believed to relate to certain types of illnesses or symptoms.
The needles are very thin and the patient hardly feels anything when the needles are inserted into the skin.
Acupuncture has been slowly changing the modern world of alternative medicine as more positive results from this form of healing emerge.
As the increase in popularity of this ancient form of medicine continues; so does the demand for acupuncturists.
These professional healers can now be found around the world, and are considered to be primary health care providers in a growing number of states in America.
Each year more and more schools are offering acupuncturist education programs as this profession becomes more and more mainstream.
Acupunture has been recognised by the National Health Service in Great Britain, The World Health Organisation and America's National Institute of Health as being useful for certain conditions.
Alternative medicine has changed the face of Western Medicine completely as more studies are being done on the benefits of acupuncture, including the emergence of microneedling as a viable means of treating many skin related ailments.
Many studies have shown that acupuncture is a viable method of treating certain illnesses and symptoms without any medication.
This means that many ailments can be effectively treated without any potential risks for side effects and without having to take pills every day.
Although acupuncture may not yet be the most popular form of medicine in the world, the longevity and effectiveness of this ancient form of healing has certainly made acupuncture a respected treatment method that has truly benefited the modern world.