8 research-backed benefits of acupuncture from pain relief to stress reduction

​​Acupuncture is a type of complementary medicine that uses needles inserted at specific sites on the body to help relieve pain and treat other health concerns. These needles aren’t the same as the ones you’re used to seeing at a doctor’s office — they are solid, very thin, and flexible.

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“The needles don’t really hurt. Most people feel peaceful and calm during a treatment. They usually end up taking a nap,” says Sam Soemardi, a licensed acupuncturist at The People’s Acupuncture of Asheville.

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