Acupuncture is a centuries-old healing practice integral to traditional Chinese medicine. Eastern countries have been using acupuncture to treat various conditions for hundreds of years, and the practice is becoming more mainstream in the United States.
Dr. Divina Averilla of Love Your Body Medical Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada, loves acupuncture for its soothing, rejuvenating, and relieving effects. Here are five of the top reasons you should try acupuncture today.
1. Acupuncture relieves stress
To be frank, most people are overly stressed out these days. Today’s hustle-driven, always-connected society typically frowns upon downtime, so taking a moment to unwind can seem impossible. If you’re always stressed out, acupuncture may be able to help you.
Acupuncture sessions are generally very calming and sometimes even include ambient noise and aromatherapy. Those factors combined with the gentle pricks and balancing of qi (your body’s energy) makes for a stress-relieving hour.
2. Acupuncture reduces pain
Many people who get acupuncture are trying to relieve chronic pain. In fact, some research suggests that acupuncture is an essential tool in the fight against opioid addiction, which many people experience due to prescriptions for chronic pain.
Acupuncture so far seems to be most effective at reducing pain in the neck, back, knees, and head.
3. Acupuncture can alleviate anxiety
Some research shows that regular acupuncture treatments can reduce anxiety — and with millions of American suffering from symptoms of anxiety, acupuncture is a much-needed tool.
While the evidence for acupuncture and its connection to anxiety relief is limited, it’s worth a try for anyone who hasn’t found success in other anxiety treatments.
4. Acupuncture helps with headache
If you suffer from migraines and can’t find relief from mild pain medications — and don’t want to take prescription medications that can mess with your daily functioning — consider trying acupuncture.
A growing body of evidence shows that acupuncture can reduce the frequency of migraines, especially when the treatment is received consistently. Even Harvard Health suggests that the current evidence is reason enough to keep studying acupuncture’s effects on headaches.
5. Acupuncture may help you sleep better
Although only limited evidence suggests that acupuncture can help with sleep, countries that practice traditional Chinese medicine have been using acupuncture to treat insomnia for centuries.
Plus, because more sleep is a natural byproduct of reduced stress, anxiety, and pain, it makes sense that a few sessions could help you drift off to dreamland.
Interested in gaining the benefits of acupuncture? Schedule your appointment by calling our Las Vegas, Nevada, office at 702-342-0028 or request your appointment online. You can also send a message to Dr. Averilla and the team here on the website.