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What Is Acupuncture?

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Updated February 24, 2012

Definition:

Acupuncture is a centuries-old form of treatment that involves placing needles at specific points along the body. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has used acupuncture as a treatment for a wide variety of physical ailments.

TCM asserts that vital energy known as “qi” moves within the body along 12 energy lines called meridians. Acupuncture is thought to promote health by stimulating points that connect with these meridians, thus easing blockages in the flow of “qi.” Acupuncture is generally considered to be safe when performed by qualified practitioners who use sterile needles.

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