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Acupuncture consists of inserting very fine needles into the skin at strategic points on the body. Acupuncture, a key component of traditional Chinese medicine, is frequently used to treat pain. Its use is increasingly common to improve general well-being, for example, to manage stress.

Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force, known as "chi" or "qi," which is believed to flow through channels (meridians) in the body. By inserting needles at specific points on these meridians, acupuncturists consider that the energy flow is rebalanced.


In contrast, many Western acupuncturists view acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles, and connective tissues. Some believe that this method stimulates the body's natural pain relievers.


Why is it done?

Acupuncture is used primarily to relieve discomfort associated with various diseases and conditions, including:

  • Postoperative and chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting

  • Tooth pain

  • Headaches, including tension headaches and migraines

  • Pregnancy pain

  • Low back pain

  • Neck Pain

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Menstrual cramps

  • Respiratory disorders, such as allergic rhinitis



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