Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles to various depths at strategic points on the body. Among the best studied applications of acupuncture are for treating pain and nausea and vomiting related to receiving chemotherapy for cancer.
If you’re considering acupuncture, it's important to find a qualified practitioner. Take the same steps you would to choose a doctor:
In addition, tell your primary doctor you’re considering acupuncture. Your doctor may be able to tell you about the success rate of using acupuncture for your condition or recommend a practitioner. In addition, a growing number of medical doctors use acupuncture as part of their clinical practice.
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More integrative health information from Mayo Clinic can be found in The Integrative Guide to Good Health.