Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine in which practitioners insert thin sterile needles into the skin. Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic points on the body--commonly referred to as acupuncture points, or acupoints. Acupuncture has been shown to successfully treat a variety of health condition ranging from musculoskeletal problems (back pain, neck pain, and others) to nausea, headaches, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and pain relief. The frequency and number of treatments may differ from person to person. Acupuncture is also covered by many health insurance plans.