The Good Side of Needles

Acupuncture needles.

Nobody likes needles – many of us dread having to get a shot. But can needles used in acupuncture provide pain relief and help you manage your stress?

Acupuncture was a key component of traditional Chinese medicine that’s still around today. It involves inserting thin needles through the skin at certain points on the body. It’s used to treat pain, manage stress, and stimulate muscles, nerves, and connective tissue. Acupuncture can be used to treat discomfort associated with:

  • Headaches
  • Dental pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Labor pains
  • Back and neck pain
  • Arthritis
  • Cramps

Studies through the Acupuncture Evidence Project found that acupuncture was an effective treatment for 117 conditions.

During the treatment, needles are inserted in special points on the body corresponding to the pain they’ll treat. You’re probably thinking: but doesn’t it hurt? The needles are so thin that insertion causes little discomfort – most people don’t feel anything. Once the needles (between 5 and 20 in a typical treatment), you lie still and relax for 10 to 20 minutes. That’s it!

If you’re struggling with pain, acupuncture may be the solution you never considered. Talk to your doctor to see if it’s right for you.

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