Acupuncture Patient

While in Beijing, China, as a Visiting Scholar in 2010 (sent by my employer, Center for Inquiry), I researched (among other topics), traditional Chinese medicine. As part of that research I went as a patient to a clinic where I had acupuncture needles inserted at "acupoints" in my forehead, hand, and leg. (This treatment supposedly influences the flow of qi, or "Life-Force Energy," as a form of medical treatment. The acupoints are located along "meridians" (lines representing channels through which qi allegedly flows). I also received related cupping treatment. (See Cupping Patient.)

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