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
- Credentialing: Understanding the Education, Training, Regulation, and Licensing of Complementary Health Practitioners (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health)
- Moxibustion (American Cancer Society)
- Time to Talk: 6 Things to Know When Selecting a Complementary Health Practitioner (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Acupuncture Therapy (National Institutes of Health)
- Acupuncture May Be Helpful for Chronic Pain: A Meta-Analysis (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Effect of stimulating acupoint Guanyuan (CV 4) on lower back...
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- Find a NCCAOM Certified Practitioner (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine)
- Acupuncture: A Guide for Teens (Children's Hospital Boston)