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What is acupuncture and how does it work?

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It's a form of traditional Chinese medicine. It aims to correct imbalances of energy, or “chi,” in the body. To do that, practitioners use very fine stainless-steel needles to stimulate the body's 14 major energy-carrying channels, or meridians.

Acupuncture may curb pain by boosting the amount of natural pain killers your body makes, called endorphins.

From: Acupuncture for Arthritis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ''An Introduction to Acupuncture.''

Arthritis Today: ''Acupuncture Gets Respect.''

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ''Rheumatoid Arthritis and Complementary and Alternative Medicine.''

The Arthritis Foundation: ''Alternative Therapies.''

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 19, 2019

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ''An Introduction to Acupuncture.''

Arthritis Today: ''Acupuncture Gets Respect.''

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ''Rheumatoid Arthritis and Complementary and Alternative Medicine.''

The Arthritis Foundation: ''Alternative Therapies.''

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 19, 2019

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