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"Acupuncture describes a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical locations on the skin by a variety of techniques."

Acupuncture. NIH Consensus Statement; 1997, Nov 3-5; 15(5):1-34.

Acupuncture is a method of prevention, correction and treatment of a disease, illness, injury or pain by encouraging the body to promote natural healing and improve functioning.
This objective is implemented by stimulation of certain biologically active points on the surface of the body (acupuncture points).
These strategic points can be stimulated by the insertion of acupuncture needles or by non-invasive techniques and other means of physical stimulation.
A key feature of acupuncture as a kind of medical intervention is that there is no administration of any chemical substances in any form or delivery system.

Although the term "acupuncture" translates into English as "piercing the skin with a needle", and is habitually perceived in the US as an ancient art, this perception or perspective can be misleading. Acupuncture is a dynamic and developing field of medicine, which has earned worldwide recognition for its effectiveness.

Acupuncture needles remain the traditional and the most routinely used tool, but new technologies that have emerged over the last fifty years offer a wide spectrum of modalities.

The classification of techniques can be presented by the
modes of stimulation:

- Needling (orthodox acupuncture)
- Lance needle blood-letting
- Press-tags

Mechanical stimulation:
- Press pellets
- Acupressure and Shiatsu
- Vibration; (vibro-massage)
- Cutaneous tapping (Plum-blossom needle, etc.)
- Vacuum (cupping)

- Heat (moxa - moxibustion)
- Cold (cryogenic therapy)
- Contact diagnostic thermography
- Diagnostic Infrared Thermal Imaging

Electrical stimulation:
- Electroacupuncture
- Electropuncture
- Piezoelectric stimulation
- Ryodoraku
- TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerves Stimulation))
- PENS (Percutaneous Electrical Nerves Stimulation)

Electromagnetic Stimulation:
- Electromagnetic stimulation
- Infrared radiation
- Ultraviolet radiation
- Colored Light radiation (color-puncture)
- Laser
- Microwave

Magnetic stimulation:
- Magnets

Ultrasound stimulation:
- phono-puncture

Other methotds of acupoint stimulation:
- Apipuncture

Recommended articles:

Piezoelectric Stimulation Technique (Click here to read related article)
Therapy Without needles (Click here to read related article)

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