A Chinese medical treatment involving the insertion
of very fine sterile needles into the body at specific points according
to a mapping of "energy pathways." Historically, acupuncture is
one component of an overall program of Chinese medicine that includes theory, practice, diagnosis, physiology, and the use of herbal preparations. Acupuncture is used to control pain and to treat other conditions such as allergies or addiction withdrawal. See Alternative Medicine.
a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves
inserting very thin needles into different acupuncture points (meridians)
on the body. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture is believed
to improve the flow of qi, the body's vital energy. Acupuncture is used
to manage the pain of peripheral neuropathy and addiction cravings.
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