Acupuncture involves inserting fine needles into specific points on the body. The goal is to correct imbalances in the flow of life energy – called chi or qi – to stimulate healing. Traditional Chinese medicine describes more than 2,000 acupuncture points (acupoints) connected to 12 main energy channels. Acupressure, based on the same principles as acupuncture, uses gentle but deep hand pressure instead of needles to manipulate acupoints and associated energy channels.
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