Acupuncture is a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine in which one or more very fine needles are inserted into the skin and underlying tissue, targeting specific points on the body to aid qi flow throughout. Acupuncture is often used for pain relief, but this is far from its only benefit. It has traditionally been used in the treatment of disease and in mitigating the effects from particularly challenging Western medical protocols (such as chemotherapy), as well as for overall wellness and stress management.

Alternative Medicine Guide: Find the Right Treatment for You

From acupuncture and aromatherapy to Reiki and reflexology, choosing the best healing modality for you can be tricky. Use this guide to 13 popular treatments to find your alternative medicine match.

Shared Origins of Reflexology, Acupressure, Acupuncture, and Massage

Discover the similarities and differences between Chinese Medicine careers.


Ayurveda or Ayurvedic medicine is a system of traditional medicine native to India, which uses a range of treatments, including panchakarma (‘five actions’), yoga, massage, acupuncture and herbal medicine, to encourage health and wellbeing.