The Benefits and Mysteries of Acupuncture


The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines acupuncture as: an originally Chinese practice of inserting fine needles through the skin at specific points especially to cure disease or relieve pain (as in surgery). 

So sticking a bunch of needles in your body doesn’t sound enjoyable? Tap the brakes just a minute, let’s talk this through.

Acupuncture might sound a little out there. It might look even more crazy, but this ancient form of treatment might be just what the doctor ordered. Nobody is quite sure why acupuncture works, but it does. It works for everything from pain management to allergies. It can help cancer patients too.

“Often patients experience pain, nausea and vomiting, anxiety, fatigue and neuropathy (nerve damage) as a result of treatment,” says Carolyn Matthews, M.D., medical director of the Integrative Medicine program at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. “Acupuncture can be one way to reduce or even eliminate these symptoms.”

Here’s more from Dr. Matthews about acupuncture:

Cant’ see the video? Click here.

About the author

Ashley Howland
More articles

Ashley works in digital communications and social media. She enjoys covering health care news and is interested in health care social media.

Leave a Reply

The Benefits and Mysteries of Acupuncture