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What is acupuncture?

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Acupunture is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that uses needles to stimulate specific points around the body. The practitioner who does this therapy (an acupuncturist) sticks thin, sterile needles into your skin. Studies show that acupuncture can be effective in treating a number of conditions, like neck and back pain, nausea, anxiety, depression, insomnia, infertility, and more.

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Mayo Clinic: “Complementary and Alternative Medicine.”

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Acupuncture: An Introduction;" "Chiropractic: An Introduction;" Magnets for Pain;" "Reiki: An Introduction;" "Ayurvedic Medicine: An Introduction;" "Traditional Chinese Medicine: An Introduction;" and "Herbs at a Glance."

Merck Manual: “Energy Therapies.”

University of Maryland Medical Center: “Herbal medicine.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 20, 2019

SOURCES

Mayo Clinic: “Complementary and Alternative Medicine.”

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Acupuncture: An Introduction;" "Chiropractic: An Introduction;" Magnets for Pain;" "Reiki: An Introduction;" "Ayurvedic Medicine: An Introduction;" "Traditional Chinese Medicine: An Introduction;" and "Herbs at a Glance."

Merck Manual: “Energy Therapies.”

University of Maryland Medical Center: “Herbal medicine.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 20, 2019

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