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Acupuncture is a healing method in which thin needles are inserted into the skin in order to stimulate specific points. This practice has its origins in traditional Chinese medicine and is done to improve things like chronic pain, osteoarthritis, and muscle spasms.

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How to Do It

Acupuncture is something you should never try on your own. 

If you want to build this habit, it’s crucial that you find an experienced and licensed practitioner to work with. 

The best way to find a good acupuncturist is word of mouth. 

You can also speak to your doctor to see if they have suggestions for local acupuncturists. 

Your first session will likely involve mostly discussing your specific issues with the acupuncturists and subsequent sessions will be shorter and more treatment-focused.

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  • Reduce chronic pain, especially in the neck, back, and knees
  • May reduce frequency and severity of headaches
  • Increase sleep duration for people suffering from insomnia
  • Improve osteoarthritic symptoms
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Time Commitment

Sessions can take between 30 minutes and two hours, depending on what your specific treatment needs are

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Why it works

Acupuncture reduces pro-inflammatory markers, lowering your body’s inflammation response and reducing pain.

Using specific points in the body, acupuncture stimulates nerves to induce neurohormonal reactions, like creating more endorphins, which also reduces pain.

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Suggested Frequency

1-2 times per week for 6 weeks.

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Side Effects

Most side effects are uncommon, but it’s possible to experience some of the following post-treatment session side effects.

  • Fatigue
  • Bruising/soreness at needling site
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
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Gurus/Celebrities/Doing it

Jennifer Aniston


Dr. Oz

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  • Take your time and choose an experienced practitioner, as improperly performed acupuncture can cause lasting problems .
  • The FDA actually regulates acupuncture needles and their hygiene, so even though the risk of contaminated needles historically is quite low, make sure your acupuncturist is taking the appropriate precautions with your needles.
  • There’s some debate over whether acupuncture’s efficacy lies in the minds of the patients, as there are often similar figures in effectiveness when acupuncture is compared to simulated acupuncture treatments, which indicates there may be a strong psychological component.
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