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Acupuncture treatment. Close-up of an acupuncturist placing needles in a patient's skin. This traditional Chinese practice uses needles to restore the energy flow through acupuncture points on the skin. It is used to relieve pain and to treat a wide range of disorders. Modern Western medicine explains the pain-relieving effects as stimulation by the needles causing the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers.
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