Acupuncture and rheumatic diseases
Acupuncture has been used for millennia in traditional Chinese medicine as a technique believed to restore the balance of energy in the body caused by disease. In Chinese terms, acupuncture restores the optimal flow of energy – called Qi – in the body. It has been shown that acupuncture causes endorphin and serotonin release, which can help pain. Trails and/or metaanalyses show an acceptable effect of acupuncture in relieving pain in patients with knee osteoarthritis, chronic back pain, and chronic neck pain.