Acupuncture is a therapeutic technique involving the insertion of needles into specific points in the body in order to prevent or treat a variety of disorders, through the mechanisms of improving self-function and promoting natural healing.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), compared to the conventional Western medicine, is a distinct culture-related medical system. The foundation of TCM theory is the concept of yin and yang--anything in the universe (including the human body) is defined as two opposing aspects. When yin and yang are in balance, the body is optimally healthy. If yin and yang are out of balance, the body will be in dis-order.
Acupuncture is one of the major components of TCM. Other therapies and techniques of TCM include Chinese Herbology, Zhenggu (bone setting and joint manipulation), Tuina (Chinese massage and acupressure), Qigong (breath exercises) and Taichi, etc.