Welcome to the Mystic Games Acupuncture and Acupressure section! Acupuncture is a form of surgical operation, performed by pricking the part affected with a needle. It has long been used by the Chinese in cases of headaches, lethargies, convulsions, colics, etc.
In China, acupuncture is known as zhen1 jiu3. Zhen means needle (i.e. to prick), jiu means to cauterize by burning a herb called moxa. The prick and burning complement each other in the treatment.
Traditional Chinese theory holds that acupuncture works by redirecting mystical qi or life energy in the body. In recent years there has been overwhelming evidence that acupuncture itself can be effective for treating pain.