Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing method which uses fine sterile needles (about the size of a hair) to stimulate specific areas on the body called "acu points". These "acu points" are located all over the body, but the points we typically use are located on the back and below the elbows and knees. Different points will be used depending on each individual's unique condition.
The points chosen for each treatment don't have to be near the area of complaint to be effective. For example, certain points on the back, forearm, and leg can be effective for shoulder pain. Although acupuncture can be used for a variety of conditions, it's most commonly used in the United States for pain.