• The Science Behind Acupuncture—and Why It Really Works

    October 23, 2017 | Julie Moore
  • Greatest | September 12, 2017 | Pippa Biddle |

    The concept of turning a human into a pincushion makes some people squeamish, but the practice clearly appeals to many—after all, acupuncture has been around for more than 3,000 years and is currently practiced almost everywhere in the world. Rooted in key principles of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is based on the idea of creating and sustaining balance within the body.

    The two sides are yin, which is nourishing, receptive, and protective, and yang, which is hard, dominant, and energetic. The circulation between these forces is the qi. Traditionally, an acupuncturist inserts fine needles into acupoints to affect the qi and find balance.