10 Things You Don’t Know About Acupuncture
A new study shows that acupuncture eases the treatment-induced pain in women with breast cancer.
The study, led by University of Pennsylvania researchers, examined the effects of electro-acupuncture, a form of acupuncture in which a small electric current is passed between pairs of needles, in 41 breast cancer patients. Not a fan of needles? You can still get with acupuncture.
“Acupuncture needles are different from medical needles in that they are very small, smooth, and conical. They don’t have a sharp edge or a hole inside to cut the skin,” says NYU Langone Medical Center physician Alex Moroz, MD, who combines traditional treatments with complementary healing techniques, including acupuncture, to treat musculoskeletal conditions in his patients. Research published in Acupuncture in Medicine found that ear acupuncture promotes weight loss.