Medical glossary

Acupuncture points

According to traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture points are cavities located along the meridian system through which energy (Qi) flows to reach internal organs. Acupuncture points are mostly found where nerves and blood vessels can be perceived, which is where energy tends to pool. So far, conventional medicine has not been able to clarify how acupuncture works; however, recent studies show that this practice is associated with an increased release of pain-relieving and antidepressant substances like serotonin and endorphin.

While traditional acupuncture involves the use of needles, several other techniques are available for stimulating acupuncture points, including moxibustion, ultrasound, electrotherapy, laser, neural therapy and acupression (finger pressure).