What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a Chinese based medicine. Acupuncture is often used to heal unbalanced Qi (Maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang). Acupuncture is when a doctor inserts needles into your body. The needles can’t be stuck anywhere though, there are certain areas that are supposed to be punctured.

What are some benefits of acupuncture?

-Pain relief


-For nausea and vomiting after surgery or chemotherapy

Acupuncture can heal…

-addiction (such as alcoholism)



-carpal tunnel syndrome



-facial tics


Negative Effects of Acupuncture

-Accidental puncture of the lungs (most serious injury)

-Puncture of lungs = partial collapse of the lungs

-Viral hepatitis (infection)

-Needles, bacterias.

-Can result from poor hygiene and unprofessional acupuncturists

How does it relate to teens?

-As a teenager you can be stressed really easily from numerous amounts of schoolwork, homework and extra-curriculum. Acupuncture can help relieve the stress and help you relax.

My Opinion

I think acupuncture is really helpful and good for relaxation even though I’ve never done it before. I believe it could be a new way to help you relax instead on intoxicating your body with drugs.


~Ehrlich, Steven D. “Acupuncture.” University of Maryland Medical Center, 14 Dec. 2011. Web. 20 Jan. 2014.

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