Acupuncture is a complementary medical practice. The treatment involves a needle penetrating the skin at certain points on your body, to alleviate pain or to treat various diseases. This is done to influence the energy flow. Sometimes heat, pressure, or mild electrical current is used along with needles.
It's based on the theory that energy, called chi, flows through and around your body along pathways called meridians. Acupuncturists believe that illness occurs when something blocks or unbalances your chi. Acupuncture is a way to unblock or influence chi and help it flow back into balance.
Most people find that it doesn't hurt. The area may tingle, feel numb, itch, or be a little sore. Providers believe that this is a sign that the energy flow, or chi, has been accessed.
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