For muscle pain, digestive trouble, insomnia, headaches, and more, acupuncture can be really effective. the basic thinking is that the body has a system of meridians-imagine tiny rivers-through which vital energy flows. When something goes wrong, it’s an indication that there’s a block in the system. Acupuncture restores flow. Acupuncture needles are much finer than needles used to deliver medicine- they’re flexible, not rigid. And they’re sterile and disposable. Often you don’t feel them at all. But depending on the spot and the tension in that spot, it may hurt for a few seconds when a needle goes in. Once the needles are place, you relax for a while-could be 15 minutes, could be 45; sometimes there’s calming music playing-then the practitioner removes the needles, which you won’t even feel. Find a good practitioner through a friend or a doctor you trust, and if you’re nervous, book a consultation first.