Put a pin in it
All the talk of meridians and chakras may make you wonder, Is acupuncture for real? It is, according to a new study from
LA BioMed, a 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 sensitizing substances, which contribute to benefits like pain relief,” says Dr. Sheng-Xing Ma, the lead author. Use a heating pad after—it further increases the release of nitric oxide.