Acupuncture is just one component of Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM.
For a few thousand years the Chinese have been practicing TCM and its four components, herbal medicine, Qi Gong, Tui-Na massage and acupuncture.
The use of Acupuncture needles is actually the latest introduction to TCM with Qi Gong and Herbal medicine and massage being used thousands of years earlier.
Qi Gong is exercises that are designed to improve and maintain health through a series of usually slow and deliberate movements which incorporate both breathing and mental intent.
All ancient civilizations have a core health system of herbal medicine, the Chinese were no different and herbal medicine was used with Qi Gong for many hundreds and probably thousands of years.
The art of Tui-Na massage, using the diagnostic principles and knowledge formed through Qi Gong and Herbal Medicine is used to stimulate the body at a skin and muscular level to stimulate a healing process.
Then came the use of the Acupuncture needle to stimulate Acupuncture points at a deeper energetic level, as well as both moxibustion, the use of herbal heat on an Acupuncture point, and cupping to draw old blood and toxins to the skin surface.