Acupuncture is a type of therapy involving the placement of tiny, hair-thin needles into certain pressure points on the body to relieve a variety of conditions. Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of traditional Chinese medicine, dating back to at least 100 BC. While acupuncture is accepted as a form of medicine in many parts of the world, the jury is still out in the West. Nonetheless, millions of people each year find acupuncture to provide relief for a surprisingly broad range of symptoms.
5. Acupuncture Can Ease Chronic Pain
Acupuncturists claim that a form of life-giving energy called qi circulates within the body, traveling through lines called meridians. Placing acupuncture needles into certain points along these meridians can release blocked qi, which is a source of pain. Several studies over the past decade have found that acupuncture can relieve some forms of chronic pain that affect the neck and back – but of course, some Western doctors have claimed this merely to be the placebo effect.