Acupuncture works by inserting needles into certain sites of the body for therapeutic relief and prevention purposes. They’re known as ‘acupoints’ (got to know the lingo); and the inserted needles stimulate sensory nervous in the skin and body to produce pain-relieving endorphins. Pressure, heat or electrical stimulation may further enhance the effects. Through research is still looking into all areas of acupuncture, when working alongside other treatments, the process provides longer-lasting relief.
A straight-up answer to the question: is acupuncture effective?
You may have heard of it, and you’ve definitely seen it (it’s the one with the needles): acupuncture is a treatment derived from Chinese medicine. The main goal of the treatment is to relieve physical and mental tension, through balancing qi (pronounced ‘chee’) in the body. It’s an oldie, but a goodie, as the ancient technique has been practiced over the centuries, and is still hugely popular today. Ready to give the needles a try? Here’s what’s involved, the benefits, and the answer to the question you’re all wondering: how much does it hurt?
By Rachel Spedding