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Acupuncture. Woman having acupuncture performed on her legs. In acupuncture, needles are inserted into specific parts of the body for the purpose of pain relief. The parts of the body correspond to areas along several well documented lines, or meridians. Acupuncture is thought to work by blocking pain signals, and releasing the body's natural painkillers, endorphins. The technique dates back to ancient China, where it was thought that the needles corrected the flow of Ch'i, energy which flows through the meridians. An incorrect Ch'i flow was blamed for all diseases and ailments. Needles in the legs, as here, is thought to relieve stomach or liver complaints.
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