Acupuncture (from the Latin acus - needle and puncture - Perforated) is a branch of traditional Chinese medicine and a method of further treatment considered in accordance with the new terminology of the WHO - World Health Organization

Acupuncture involves the application of needles at defined points of the body, called "acupuncture points" or "acupoints" for therapeutic effect in various conditions.

Assigns the name "Acupuncture" a Jesuit to go back to Europe from China in the seventeenth century, has adapted the Chinese words "Zhen" and "Jiu".

The literal translation of the Chinese term however is quite different. The correct Zhen (needle) and Jiu (moxa), i.e. "long application time of fire."

Translation gives the impression that the therapist only works with needles.

Points and meridians may also be stimulated by other techniques. In fact, the acupuncture points can be stimulated by needles, fingers (acupressure), which encompasses different variants of Chinese massage technique (tui na, shiatsu, do-in); Stipe (English and Stimulation stay - Permanent Pacing); windy or heating promoted by moxa ie long application of fire "- an artemisia stick on fire, which is approximately the skin to warm the acupuncture point.