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Acupuncture is one of the a few alternative treatments that is effective in treating chronic pain, such as headaches; menstrual cramps; and low back, neck, or muscle pain. It can also be used to treat arthritis, facial pain, pain from shingles, and spastic colon and colitis conditions. Acupuncture has also been successful in treating obesity and addictions such as nicotine or drugs. Acupuncture also can improve the functioning of the immune system (the body's defense system against diseases).
Disposable, sterile, stainless steel needles are used to stimulate the body's 14 major meridians, or energy-carrying channels, to resist or overcome illnesses and conditions by correcting imbalances in the body.
Acupuncture is a drug-free way to minimize pain. With drugs, people often develop a tolerance, or the need for an increased dosage to achieve the same required effect. Whereas with acupuncture, the treatment can be adjusted immediately based on the person's responses.
Additional info can be found on this topic at: http://www.webmd.com/rheumatoid-arthritis/guide/arthritis-acupuncture