Acupuncture clinics at Albany offer the traditional Chinese alternative technique of acupuncture, in which solid needles which have been inserted into acupuncture points in the skin. This manipulates the skin, and according to Chinese belief, it helps regulate the flow of qi through channels known as meridians. It is seen that acupuncture helps relieve pain and nausea. One must, of course, go to a well established, experienced and reputed professional to minimize the risks and be able to get the maximum advantage of the treatment. For consultation and diagnosis, the tongue and the pulse are the principal sites of investigation. Related practices include moxibustion, fire cupping, acupressure, acupuncture point injection, and acutonics. Acupuncture clinics at Albany focus on holistic healing, and provide high quality of professionals. There is certification available for practising this, and licensed acupuncturists is board-certified by the NCCAOM. This is mandated as essential by a number of states. A sizeable percentage of employer health insurance plans cover for acupuncture treatments.