An acupuncturist is a healthcare professional who practices acupuncture, inserting thin needles into specific body points to improve health and well-being. Acupuncture has been practiced in China for thousands of years. In the United States, acupuncture today uses medical traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries.

Research has shown that acupuncture reduces nausea and vomiting after surgery and chemotherapy. It can also relieve pain. Researchers don't fully understand how acupuncture works. It might aid the activity of your body's pain-killing chemicals. It also might affect how you release chemicals that regulate blood pressure and flow.

Source: MedlinePlus

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Recommended Reading

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, at the National Institutes of Health, conducts and supports research and provides information about complementary health products and practices.

Acupuncture Association of Colorado
Overview of acupuncture and information about regulations.

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Information about certification and general acupuncture resources.

American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
This association's mission is to promote excellence and integrity in the professional practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine in order to enhance public health and well-being.

American Academy of Medical Acupuncture
The purpose of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture is to promote the integration of concepts from traditional and modern forms of acupuncture with Western medical training and thereby create a more comprehensive approach to healthcare.

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