Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine from Traditional Chinese Medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine describes acupuncture as a way to balance the life force, or chi, by inserting needles into specific points (meridians) to correct any unbalance in the flow. Western medicine view acupuncture as a way to stimulate muscle, tissues and nerves in order to release the bodies natural painkillers.
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Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin needles in the body to treat an individuals condition. These tiny, sterile needles cause minor to no discomfort. Practitioners precisely place the needles in locations based on the needs of each individual. In some cases, the needles may be manipulated gently by hand or mild electrical pulses may be applied through the needle.
Source: Mayo Clinic, Drugs.com
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