An ancient method of medicine originating in China, acupuncture involves stimulating certain points on the body with tiny needles. Due to its millennia-old origins, scientists aren’t sure how exactly acupuncture works, but – thanks to a plethora of anecdotal evidence supporting its usage, they know it definitely does something - it's even offered on the NHS as a complementary medicine. How does acupuncture work?
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