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9 Surprising Things An Acupuncturist Can Help You With

Prevention Logo By Allison McCarthy for RodalesOrganicLife.com of Prevention | Slide 1 of 10: Acupuncture, a form of alternative medicine and core component of traditional Chinese medicine, is a welcome antidote to the prescription meds and quick-fix interventions typical of Western medical culture. By inserting thin needles into specific pressure points, it's thought to help relieve the symptoms of a wide variety of conditions by shifting your body from attack mode to a more balanced, restful state. As unscientific as it may sound, it's becoming an increasingly accepted practice. Even the National Institutes of Health is getting on board by saying that promising results have emerged illustrating the efficacy of acupuncture for certain ailments. Read on for nine truly surprising things that just might convince you to give this ancient practice a try.

Acupuncture, a form of alternative medicine and core component of traditional Chinese medicine, is a welcome antidote to the prescription meds and quick-fix interventions typical of Western medical culture. By inserting thin needles into specific pressure points, it's thought to help relieve the symptoms of a wide variety of conditions by shifting your body from attack mode to a more balanced, restful state. As unscientific as it may sound, it's becoming an increasingly accepted practice. Even the National Institutes of Health is getting on board by saying that promising results have emerged illustrating the efficacy of acupuncture for certain ailments. Read on for nine truly surprising things that just might convince you to give this ancient practice a try.

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