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What is the definition of acupuncture?

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Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese system of health care that involves procedures to stimulate anatomical points of the body; the procedure usually is done with very fine, solid needles, but pressure, magnets, electrical stimulation and other techniques can be used. Acupuncture stimulates the body's ability to resist or overcome illnesses and conditions by correcting energy imbalances. Acupuncture also prompts the body to produce chemicals that decrease or eliminate painful sensations.

From: Migraine and Headache Glossary WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Mayo Clinic. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on February 13, 2019

SOURCES: Mayo Clinic. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on February 13, 2019

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