Contemporary Medical Acupuncture, also known as Neurofunctional Acupuncture, uses fine solid needles (acupuncture needles) to stimulate peripheral nerves.
The technique uses a small electric current passed between pairs of acupuncture needles to enhance the therapeutic effects. The needles are placed at well studied, anatomically-defined sites for the purpose of modulating abnormal activity of the nervous system.
This therapy is for the treatment of:
Neuromodulation occurs through neurological and neurohumoral mechanisms at multiple levels, namely peripheral nerves, spinal cord, brain stem, brain, and cerebellum.
Sometimes Contemporary Medical Acupuncture treatments result in transient disappearance of the symptoms and other times result in permanent resolution of the dysfunction, especially when dysregulation of the nervous system was the underlying mechanism.
The basis of modern acupuncture was established during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) with the publication of The Great Compendium of Acupuncture and Moxibustion. The first records of acupuncture in Europe date back to 1810.