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The word acupuncture is derived from the Latin words "acus" (needle) and "punctura" (puncture) meaning "to puncture with a needle". Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine involving the insertion of very fine needles at specific points in the body, with minimal to no discomfort, in an effort to elicit natural healing mechanisms and induce reflex neuromodulatory responses (sensory, motor, or autonomic) for the therapeutic effect of treating pain, dysfunction and/or disregulation. Acupuncture is used to encourage natural healing, improve mood and energy, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected areas of the body. It is safe and effective and is often successfully used as an alternative to medications or as an adjunct therapy in combination with physical rehabilitation therapy.
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