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Model Elle Macpherson is a fan of traditional Chinese medicine. “I have a very holistic perspective on health,” says Macpherson. “I have acupuncture regularly and I see a Chinese doctor who treats most common ailments with herbs.”
Acupuncture focuses on prevention as well as treatment. A registered acupuncturist inserts needles into points along your body’s energy channels which encourages the flow of chi energy to maintain wellness, explains Waveny Holland from the Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association. “It’s used for pain, migraines, injuries, stress, gynaecological conditions and a wide range of other health disorders,” she says.
Sterile, disposable needles are used and you might feel a slight sensation, depending on where the acupuncture point is. Following a session, Holland says you may feel relaxed or experience immediate pain relief.
Try it if… You want drug-free pain relief.