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How many needles do acupuncture treatments use?

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Most acupuncture treatments use between five and 15 needles. They're hollow and so slender that you may not even feel them when the practitioner puts them into your skin.

SOURCES:

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: "Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia."

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: "Mind and Body Practices for Fibromyalgia: What the Science Says."

BioMed Central: Systematic Reviews: "An overview of systematic reviews of complementary and alternative therapies for fibromyalgia using both AMSTAR and ROBIS as quality assessment tools."

Chinese Medicine : "Effects of acupuncture to treat fibromyalgia: A preliminary randomised controlled trial."

Mayo Clinic Proceedings : "Improvement in Fibromyalgia Symptoms With Acupuncture: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial."

The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews : "Acupuncture for treating fibromyalgia."

Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine : "Utilization of Group-Based, Community Acupuncture Clinics: A Comparative Study with a Nationally Representative Sample of Acupuncture User."

National Health Service (UK): "Acupuncture."

Acupuncture in Medicine : "Acupuncture for fibromyalgia in primary care: a randomised controlled trial."

British Acupuncture Council: "What to expect from a treatment."

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: "Fibromyalgia: In Depth."

FDA: "CFR - Code of Federal Regulations Title 21."

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture: "Find a Practitioner Directory,"

American Academy of Medical Acupuncture: "Welcome."

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews : Plain Language Summaries: "Acupuncture for fibromyalgia."

American Academy of Medical Acupuncture: "Patient Referral Directory."

Mayo Clinic: "Acupuncture."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 29, 2017

SOURCES:

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: "Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia."

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: "Mind and Body Practices for Fibromyalgia: What the Science Says."

BioMed Central: Systematic Reviews: "An overview of systematic reviews of complementary and alternative therapies for fibromyalgia using both AMSTAR and ROBIS as quality assessment tools."

Chinese Medicine : "Effects of acupuncture to treat fibromyalgia: A preliminary randomised controlled trial."

Mayo Clinic Proceedings : "Improvement in Fibromyalgia Symptoms With Acupuncture: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial."

The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews : "Acupuncture for treating fibromyalgia."

Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine : "Utilization of Group-Based, Community Acupuncture Clinics: A Comparative Study with a Nationally Representative Sample of Acupuncture User."

National Health Service (UK): "Acupuncture."

Acupuncture in Medicine : "Acupuncture for fibromyalgia in primary care: a randomised controlled trial."

British Acupuncture Council: "What to expect from a treatment."

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: "Fibromyalgia: In Depth."

FDA: "CFR - Code of Federal Regulations Title 21."

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture: "Find a Practitioner Directory,"

American Academy of Medical Acupuncture: "Welcome."

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews : Plain Language Summaries: "Acupuncture for fibromyalgia."

American Academy of Medical Acupuncture: "Patient Referral Directory."

Mayo Clinic: "Acupuncture."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 29, 2017

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