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** What is Acupuncture? **

Christopher Wanjek, LiveScience Contributor
Date: 09 May 2013 Time: 05:54 PM ET
Acupuncture is said to work because needles stimulate acupuncture points,
releasing a flow of energy called qi, or chi.
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Acupuncture is a complementary medical practice that entails stimulating
certain points on the body, most often with a needle penetrating the skin,
to alleviate pain or to treat various diseases.

Developed millennia ago in China, numerous recent studies conducted by
"Western" scientists in Europe and the United States have found that
acupuncture is at least moderately effective in treating pain and nausea.

For example, one of the largest studies to date on acupuncture and chronic
pain — a meta-analysis of 29 well-conducted studies involving nearly
28,000 patients, conducted by doctors at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer
Center in New York, and published in October 2012 in the Archives of
Internal Medicine — found that acupuncture is effective for treating
chronic pain and therefore is a reasonable referral option. The doctors
wrote that "[s]ignificant differences between true and sham acupuncture
indicate that acupuncture is more than a placebo" but added that "these
differences are relatively modest."

However, most doctors outside of the practice of traditional Chinese
medicine (TCM) are not convinced that acupuncture can treat diseases, such
as diabetes or liver or kidney diseases, as is prescribed by some
practitioners in China.

* How acupuncture is said to work*

Acupuncture dates back to at least the Shang Dynasty, approximately 1600
B.C. Its modern practice, though, has been heavily influenced by China's
first communist leader, Mao Zedong, who attempted to align TCM

Source: www.livescience.com/29494-acupuncture.html

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