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)
- Acupressure for Nausea and Vomiting (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center)
- Acupressure for Pain and Headaches (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center)
- Acupuncture for Chronic Pain (Massachusetts General Hospital)
- Acupuncture (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center)
Resources selected by Carrie Forbes, MLS, Laupus Health Sciences Library, East Carolina University.
Last reviewed August 1, 2023