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Acupuncture has caught the attention of a lot of North American professional athletes, and most recently Draymond Green.

The Golden State Warriors forward posted this picture to Snapchat last week.

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Green looks like he has incorporated this traditional Chinese medicine into his self care routine. Acupuncture has been around for the past 2,000 years, according to the NIH, and stimulates the body by penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles.

While there have been a lot of studies about its effectiveness, people aren’t exactly sure how it works. Some believe it has more of a placebo effect than anything else.

If you are unsure about sticking up to 200 needles into your body at once, these athletes will be happy to give you their testimonials.

During the 2014-2015 season, NFL player Aaron Rodgers thanked his acupuncturist twice in post-game conferences after his calf injury, according to Packers News. Other NFL acupuncture believers include current and former players Michael Strahan, James Harrison, James Farrior and Marcus Stroud.

Green is joined by NBA greats Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Grant Hill, Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley in his use of acupuncture.

Players use the treatment for injuries, to cure musculoskeletal imbalances, relieve muscle tightness and pain, and reduce inflammation, according to Men’s Journal.

If you are convinced, try to get an appointment with acupuncturist to the stars Lisa Ripi. According to the New York Times she has worked with Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington, former Jets fullback Tony Richardson and more than 30 other pro ballers.

Source: NYT/Michael Nagle
Source: NYT/Michael Nagle

If you aren’t currently suffering any professional grade injuries, acupuncture might still be for you. Many have used it to treat allergies, stress, depression, insomnia, and even irritable bowel syndrome. Recently New York Magazine reported new studies showing acupuncture may treat migraines.

posted on 02/22/2017 by Jenna Milliner-Waddell
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