Acupuncture is one of the many areas of traditional medicine and a method of further processing, accordance with the new terminology WHO, World Health Organization.
Acupuncture involves the application of needles at defined points of the body, called “acupuncture points” for therapeutic effect in different areas
The name Acupuncture comes from a european jesuit who returned from China in the seventeenth century, and adapted in accordance with chinese terms Zhen Jiu in two Latin words, Acum( which means needle), and Punctum (prick or puncture).
The literal translation of the Chinese term, however, is quite different, which is, Zhen (needle), Jiu (moxa).
The translation causes the feeling that the therapist only works with needles. The meridian points can also be stimulated by other techniques.
This is because, actually, acupuncture points are stimulated by needles or by heating promoted by moxa, a smoldering artemisia stick, which is approximated to the skin to warm the acupuncture point. There is also a method of stimulating laser, still under study.