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Some people swear by acupuncture, while others are a little hesitant to try it. Why? Because acupuncture involves needles, which are scary for some folks. The very fine needles are inserted into points along the body to stimulate and release energy. There have been a lot of studies done on acupuncture, and it plays well with other therapies, so it’s a popular approach to managing just about every ailment you can think of. Acupuncture originated as a practice in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), but it may work as well as conventional drugs to block pain signals, stimulate neurotransmitters, and/or release feel-good endorphins in the brain—all without negative side effects. So, to answer the question you’re really wondering—what does it feel like? Advocates say acupuncture is relaxing and painless. The needles make others—especially newbies—feel a little queasy or weirded out. That’s okay! If you want to explore it, but you’re nervous going into a session, that’s definitely something you can mention to your practitioner. They hear that all the time, so don’t be shy.

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