Royalty free and rights managed images of Western acupuncture. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese practice that uses needles to restore the energy flow through acupuncture points on the skin. It is used to relieve pain and to treat a wide range of disorders. Modern Western medicine explains the pain-relieving effects as stimulation by the needles causing the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers. Pictures and photographs include acupuncture models, people being treated with acupuncture, and practitioners of acupuncture carrying out the treatments.