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Acupuncture involves inserting tiny needles through a person’s skin to stimulate certain points in the body. Although acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years in countries like China, it is considered an alternative treatment option in the United States. Researchers don’t fully understand how acupuncture helps some people, but studies show that it can sometimes reduce pain and nausea after surgery.

Resources compiled by Linda E. Johnsen, Health Sciences Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Last reviewed: November 14, 2017

November 14, 2017 - 1:55pm