Even if you’ve never experienced it, you’ve probably heard about acupuncture. Maybe you’ve seen it in a movie or TV show, or maybe one of your friends or family members tried it and can’t stop raving. Either way, we know you’re curious and have lots of questions.
Acupuncture has been a staple in Chinese medicine for centuries. It involves strategically inserting extremely thin needles into your body, triggering more productive energy flow throughout your body and relieving pain and other chronic symptoms.
Scientifically speaking, acupuncture needles access and stimulate nerve-rich areas of your body, influencing your tissues, glands, organs, and other bodily functions. This stimulation causes a natural chemical release that triggers healings.
In a sense, the needles help your body wake up and start working properly again without the need for medication, surgery, or other aggressive treatments.
In fact, there are a wide range of health problems and painful conditions that can benefit from acupuncture.
Dr. Divina Averilla at Love Your Body Medical Spa believes in the power of this ancient treatment and is excited to highlight eight of the most common reasons patients see her for acupuncture.
Chemotherapy is a life-saving treatment for cancer patients, but it takes a toll on your health as it attacks the cancer cells in your body. Some of the most common side effects of chemotherapy include:
- Mental health problems
- Nausea and vomiting
- Appetite and weight changes
Many cancer patients also experience widespread pain and weakness. Acupuncture needles stimulate the parts of the body that cause these symptoms and help cancer patients manage their pain and even find lasting relief from the side effects of chemotherapy.
2. Dental pain
Toothaches and jaw pain can be debilitating, but strategically placed acupuncture needles can help dissipate some of that pain before you get in to see your dentist.
Acupuncture achieves this by stimulating pain-reducing chemical reactions inside your body that intercept pain signals to your brain and increase blood flow.
3. Headaches and migraines
Nearly 25% of American households include someone with chronic migraines, and at least half of the population suffers from frequent headaches. Unfortunately, many of the people living with headache and migraine pain overlook acupuncture as a viable treatment.
The circulatory and immune system stimulation that occurs after an acupuncture treatment is effective in calming and in some cases eliminating migraines and headaches.
4. Labor and postpartum
The physical toll of pregnancy and labor coupled with postpartum mental and emotional issues can be overwhelming. If recovering from your pregnancy feels like an uphill battle, turn to acupuncture.
Dr. Averilla accurately pinpoints the areas of your body where the needles will stimulate pain relief and healing, helping you get back to being a super mom even faster.
5. Back pain
From injury to degenerative conditions, there are a lot of ways your back can start to ache. Acupuncture triggers the release of chemicals that promote healing and pain relief as well as blocking some of the pain signals from reaching your brain.
6. Neck pain
Similar to the way acupuncture effectively eases back pain, it can also address common causes of neck pain by stimulating healthy central nervous system functions and triggering certain chemical reactions that reduce painful symptoms.
There are over 100 types of arthritis, and regardless of which one you have, you undoubtedly have debilitating inflammation, pain, and stiffness. Well-placed acupuncture can stimulate circulation and other reactions in your body that complement your other arthritis treatments and offer lasting relief.
8. Menstrual pain
It’s that time of month, and your period is back with a vengeance. Many women actually suffer from a condition called dysmenorrhea, which refers to severe menstrual pain that’s often the result of other issues like endometriosis or uterine fibroids.
One study found that acupuncture and its ability to stimulate positive energy flow and pain-reducing chemical reactions can reduce menstrual pain by up to 50% in some cases.
If you’d like to learn more about how acupuncture can help you, don’t wait. Make an appointment online or over the phone at our Las Vegas, Nevada, office today.