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Acupuncture (from the Latin acus meaning needle) is an ancient oriental form of therapy involving the puncture of various specific pressure points with fine needles. Although it is best known for its use in patients wishing to quit addictions (e.g. Smoking), acupuncture and acupressure are often used for the relief chronic pain and for the treatment of various ailments.

Because the use of acupuncture requires needle penetration of the skin at acupuncture points, the true validity of acupuncture is hard to establish in clinical trials, as there is nothing to compare it with although there are now over 2000 clinics across the UK.

It is true that for a majority of the cases treatment with acupuncture was very successful and patients have had many of thier symptoms relieved.

But, was it the acupuncture that relieved the symptoms or simply a case of mind over matter? Either way acupuncture has been effective in treating many conditions and whether the penetration of the needles induces relief of symptoms or is merely the focal point for self-healing may never be known, but acupuncture should not be dismissed as a potential form of therapy.

As with all holistic remedies, acupuncture should only be performed by trained professional using clean acupuncture needles.

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