Acupuncture is a complementary medical practice that entails stimulating certain points on the body, most often with a needle penetrating the skin, to alleviate pain or to help treat various health conditions.¹ 

Developed millennia ago in China, numerous recent studies conducted by scientists in Europe and the United States have found that acupuncture is at least moderately effective in treating pain and nausea.¹

Acupuncture is a holistic health technique belonging to Traditional Chinese Medicine, where trained practitioners stimulate specific points on the body by inserting fine needles into the skin.²

Traditional acupuncture is based on the belief that an energy, or “life force”, flows through the body.² It aims to prevent and cure the symptoms of a variety of physical and psychological conditions in channels called meridians. This life force is known as Qi (pronounced “chee”).³

Practitioners who use acupuncture in the traditional way believe that when Qi does not flow freely through the body, this can cause illness. They also believe acupuncture can restore the flow of Qi, and so restore health.²

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