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Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body. A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain. In the large scheme of things, this is small literature review, looking at 10 different sources from various journals. However, by looking at multiple systematic reviews, this literature review looks as hundreds and hundreds of patients who have used acupuncture and discusses the outcomes of their treatment. Overall, acupuncture is an effective treatment that has changed many people’s lives. Currently the best use of acupuncture is the treatment of neck, knee, and shoulder pain and for multiple symptoms that come with having cancer. I suggest the continued research of this treatment so that we can figure out even more ways to help people in the best and most efficient way possible.


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Issues in Alternative Medicine - HLWL 1110

Professor Hannah Bradford