I'm just wondering if any of you have tried this alternative medicine, or know anyone that has. I've had bad back pain for several years and a doctor recently said I have early onset arthritis in my lower spine. He gave me a prescription for pain meds and told me to go to physical therapy. I've done physical therapy before and it helped but it doesnt always seem to do it. I'll do the therapy but a friend of mine has been strongly urging me to go to an acupuncturist. I always thought it was a pseudoscience, so I'm skeptical of it all. I am surprised at her endorsement of the practice, as she has a masters degree in biology. Then again, her boyfriend is a Chinese medicine specialist so there you go. So what do you think of pins and needles to balance the chi?