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Last Updated: Thursday February 23 2006 17:01 GMT

Stressed pupils given acupuncture

Pupil receiving acupuncture
Pupils at a school in Somerset are being offered acupuncture to help them deal with the stress of school life.

Stanchester Community School is using the ancient Chinese therapy to help calm unruly students in the classroom.

Acupuncture involves putting needles into particular parts of the body which is thought to release positive energy.

One of the teachers had spent time in China and suggested it. Seven children are receiving the treatment and there is now a waiting list.

Pupil receiving acupuncture
Acupuncture uses a technique of inserting thin needles into specific areas of the body to release positive energy
Headmaster Glynn Ottery said: "We've had an enormously positive response from parents who are happy for their children to be involved in this."

One pupil felt it had had a good effect on her, saying: "I don't throw things much anymore but I used to."

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