Acupuncture is a family of procedures involving stimulation of acupuncture points by a variety of techniques.
- Acupuncture – the insertion of thin (0.16 mm), solid, surgical steel needles, which are manipulated manually or by electrical stimulation.
- Acupressure – the stimulation of acupuncture points without needles, using the fingers or a point stimulator.
- Tui Nai
- Cupping – In China, cupping is used primarily to treat respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, asthma, and congestion; arthritis; gastrointestinal disorders; and certain types of pain. Some practitioners also use cupping to treat depression and reduce swelling. Fleshy sites on the body, such as the back and stomach (and, to a lesser extent, the arms and legs), are the preferred sites for treatment.