Acupuncture explained

Gabrielle Lis

Researchers now know how tiny, drug-free needles kill pain. This briefing paper covers what acupuncture is, and what it's good for.

What is acupuncture? Acupuncture, which originated in China more than 2000 years ago, is the procedure of inserting needles into various points on the body. The needles are then manipulated by hand or via electrical stimulation. The intent is to relieve pain, treat illness and promote wellbeing. What is acupuncture good for? According to the Cochrane Collaboration, acupuncture is an effective treatment for: ...

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Published 07 June, 2010 | Updated 21 April, 2015