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Few of us would put sex and having needles pushed into your skin in the same sentence but there are reports that acupuncture could actually improve your performance in the bedroom.

The holistic Chinese practice has been used for thousands of years, with claims that it can treat a wide range of ailments from allergies and digestive problems to migraines. But could it bring more spice into your bedroom?

According to the traditional Chinese medics, there are many imbalances in the body that can cause problems in a person's sex life and the sexual pleasure they are able to generate.

Some people believe traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is better than Western solutions for addressing the complex problems associated with low sex drive or painful intercourse. As such, acupuncture has become an incredibly popular avenue for people to pursue when they're experiencing problems in the bedroom.

Unlike Western science-based medicine, which views the body as a series of circuits, Chinese medicine is a much more holistic approach. TCM is founded in the belief that a healthy body is the result of harmony between all of the different parts.

Acupuncture is based on the idea that small needles are able to remove any blockages or imbalances that get in the way of this harmony, including those that may be leading to low sex drive.

There is little research to support whether or not acupuncture is an effective way to deal with any medical problems, including sex-related ones. Despite this, many people approach it as they've got very little to lose - aside from a bit of cash - from attending a few sessions, as there's very little risk associated with the practice.

However, if sticking needles into your skin doesn't sound like the most fun you've ever had with your clothes off, you may find that trying out some new sex toys is a much better way to spice up your sex life.

There's a wide variety available for both men and women that can help you get more sexual pleasure from your time in the bedroom.