The ancient medical art of acupuncture is considered by some in the western culture to be a "new" alternative medicine. But it is not new, and more and more western doctors are referring their patients to licensed acupuncturists for everything from weight-loss to relieving chronic pain and migraine headaches, or even for easing or alleviating the symptons of asthma, influenza, bronchitis or emotional distress. Acupuncture works hand-in-hand with conventional medicine.
In short, acupuncture is not really alternative medicine at all. It is an established, clinically proven medical modality that is at least 2,500 years old. Along with Chinese herbs and other related treatments, acupuncture forms a complete and comprehensive medicine.