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.
- Acupuncture and Osteoarthritis (Arthritis Foundation)
- Acupuncture for Nausea and Vomiting (Acupuncture Today)
- Acupuncture Offers Headache Relief Over Medication (Duke University Health System)
- Acupuncture for Chronic Pain (JAMA Internal Medicine)
- Acupuncture May Ease Hot Flashes for Breast Cancer Patients
Resources selected by Linda Johnsen, Health Sciences Library, UNC-Chapel Hill,
Last reviewed June 14, 2019