Acupuncture is the art of setting needles into various points on the body to help the bodies energy (or qi) move in order to relieve disharmony and pain. Acupuncture is one component of Chinese Medical Therapy. Sterile needles are inserted and retained for approximately 30-40 minutes during which time the patient rests. Acupuncture is not painful and often is quite relaxing.
For the needle shy, there are acupressure techniques which may be employed and are quite effective.