Acupuncture is an alternative medicine methodology originating in ancient China that treats patients by manipulating thin, solid needles that have been inserted into acupuncture points in the skin. Current scientific research supports acupuncture's efficacy in the relief of certain types of pain and post-operative nausea. Other reasons for acupuncture would include: headaches/migraines, weight loss, insomnia, dizziness, and even help to quit smoking. There is general agreement that acupuncture is safe when administered by well-trained practitioners using sterile needles and carries a very low risk of serious adverse effects. One would assume that inserting a needle into the skin would be painful, but because of the slenderness of the needle, most people compare it to less than a mosquito bite.