SCIENCE SAYS: PUT A PIN IN IT
All the talk about meridians and chakras may make you wonder: is acupuncture for real? Well, it is, according to a new study from LA BioMed, a US non-profit research organisation. When you get pricked, the skin releases nitric oxide, a gas that improves circulation. “This allows a flush of analgesic or sensitising substances, which contribute to benefits like pain relief,” says Dr Sheng-Xing Ma, the lead author. Using a heating pad afterwards further increases the release of nitric oxide.