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 individuals each year find acupuncture to provide relief for a surprisingly broad range of symptoms.
Can Ease Chronic Pain
Acupuncturists claim there is 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 acupuncture can relieve some forms of chronic pain that affect the neck and back, but of course, some Western doctors have claimed this merely the placebo effect.