Though its roots lie in ancient Chinese medicine, acupuncture has become more popular in modern times. Many people use acupuncture in conjunction with other, western treatments for a variety of health concerns, and some find that the treatment alone helps ease their symptoms.
Even though the body of science to back up claims about the health benefits of Chinese herbs may not be as large as what exists for prescription drugs and other treatments, today many people are seeking herbs as complements or alternatives to their current care.
Acupressure, like the related Chinese healing treatment acupuncture, is based on the principle that a person must maintain a healthy balance and flow of energy (qi) in order to stay well. Though acupuncture needles are virtually painless, some may prefer this non-invasive option.