Acupuncture points (also referred to as acupoints) are places on the skin that have a lower resistance to the passage of electricity than the surrounding skin and are part of a network of points that were mapped centuries ago by the Chinese. Most are found along "medians" or "channels" that are believed to be the pathways by which energy or Qi (pronounce "Chee") flows through the body.
Acupuncture needles are usually made of stainless steel, but are very fine and flexible. Their atraumatic design allows acupuncture needles to slide smoothly through tissues and makes them unlikely to cause bleeding or damage to underlying structures. A dull, heavy, or aching feeling often occurs when the needle is correctly placed. The needles are left in place for 15-30 minutes and the practitioner may manipulate the needles to strengthen or reduce the flow of Qi.
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