Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that has long been sought after for its proposed benefits for the body. Its been around for nearly 2,500 years, and is one of the many ancient practices that continues to grow with the ever-changing health industry.
In TCM, acupuncture is commonly used to balance out dis-harmonies in the body. These dis-harmonies can come in the form of pain reduction, disease, and other health issues. Practitioners do this by inserting needles in various patterns to channel qi through various points of the body known as meridians (meridians include: skin, bones, tendons, muscles, and joints), which is based off of your diagnosed/prescribed/sought out dis-harmony.
A study in the European Journal of Applied Physiology investigated the use of acupuncture on muscular strength, power, and endurance in athletes. Researchers tested 33 athletes, placed into 3 groups to receive either acupuncture, sham acupuncture and placebo laser acupuncture.
The results indicated that acupuncture treatment did improve strength as measured by researchers. Overall researchers concluded that a short and long term effect of acupuncture as an alternative treatment should be further investigated.