Acupuncture is a pain management therapy developed in China. It involves placing thin needles in the skin at certain points to increase energy (chi/qi) flow throughout the body. This type of treatment is generally safe and has been used not only for pain, but also for depression, stress, headaches, arthritis, and many other conditions. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how acupuncture is performed and much more.
Arthritis and Acupuncture
WebMD examines acupuncture and how it is used to relieve arthritis and other chronic pain.
Back Pain: Acupuncture Treatment and Points
WebMD explains the role of acupuncture in treating back pain.
Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Breast Cancer
WebMD examines the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments to supplement standard medical care for breast cancer.
Understanding Alternative Medicine
Traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, homeopathy and naturopathy: They all involve techniques and practices that may complement traditional medical care. Learn more about alternative medicine.
Acupuncture: Why Does It Work?
It’s used to treat everything from pain to menstrual cramps. Is acupuncture effective?
Acupuncture Goes Mainstream
Doctors are increasingly turning to acupuncture to help conditions ranging from allergies to asthma, chronic pain, and female sexual dysfunction.
Chronic Pain: New Research, New Treatments
New research on the causes of chronic pain is helping doctors find new treatments.
Chronic Pain Control: Pain Relief Without Pills
If you're a pain sufferer, here's some good news: Plenty of options exist to ease aches, and many of them don't come in pill form.
Slideshows & Images
A Visual Guide to Acupuncture
An ancient Chinese practice using ultra-thin needles may ease back pain and cancer treatments -- but may do nothing for other complaints. Our slideshow covers the truth about acupuncture.
How to Help Headache Pain
Suffer from tension headaches? See how you can use relaxation techniques, medication, and other methods to fight the pain.
Alternative Treatments for Long-Term Pain
See how alternative treatments can help ease your pain, including acupuncture, yoga, turmeric, and medical marijuana.
Which Infertility Treatment Is for You?
From IVF to acupuncture, WebMD's slides show the methods available to get pregnant. Costs, success rates, illustrations, and causes of infertility are also covered.