Acupuncture has been practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years. Acupuncture involves stimulating specific points on the body. This is most often done by inserting thin needles through the skin, to cause a change in the physical functions of the body.
Research has shown that acupuncture reduces nausea and vomiting after surgery and chemotherapy. It can also relieve pain. Researchers don't fully understand how acupuncture works. It might aid the activity of your body's pain-killing chemicals. It also might affect how you release chemicals that regulate blood pressure and flow.
NIH: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
- Acupuncture (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
- Acupuncture (Children's Hospital Boston)
- Acupuncture (PDQ) (National Cancer Institute) Also in Spanish
- Acupuncture May Be Helpful for Chronic Pain: A Meta-Analysis (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health)
- Acupuncture: In Depth (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health)
- Find a NCCAOM Certified Practitioner (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine)
- National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
- Paying for Complementary Health Approaches (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health) Also in Spanish
- Time to Talk: 6 Things to Know When Selecting a Complementary Health Practitioner (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health) Also in Spanish
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Acupuncture Therapy (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Acupuncture for management of lower urinary tract symptoms in Parkinson's...
- Article: Immediate relief of herniated lumbar disc-related sciatica by ankle acupuncture:...
- Article: Acupuncture for vertebrobasilar insufficiency vertigo: Protocol for a systematic review...
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