Who could have ever predicted that a tiny stainless steel needle (or maybe 10 of them) could have such an impact on your overall well-being? Prescribing acupuncture for wellness is nothing new, the ancient practice of acupuncture can improve your health from head to toe, which is why over 10,000 physicians have now integrated acupuncture into their clinical practices.
Wondering what can be treated with acupuncture? There are over 28 health conditions that can be effectively treated with acupuncture, according to the World Health Organization.
Because the goal of this popular Chinese medicine treatment is to promote and restore the balance of energy flowing throughout our bodies, the benefits of acupuncture range from treating physical, mental, and emotional conditions. Uses of acupuncture include treating musculoskeletal problems such as back pain, emotional disorders like stress, anxiety, and depression, but also digestive issues, adrenal fatigue, weight loss, and even fertility.
Nikki Richman, one of Nava’s finest acupuncturists believes, “The mind and the body are not separate. What affects one, affects the other, and acupuncture helps regulate every aspect of it.” She also shared that many people are afraid of needles or nervous that the treatment might hurt, which is why some individuals avoid trying it.
However, Nikki confidently reassures that acupuncture needles are so thin and fine (.16 millimeters about the thickness of a human hair!) that several of her clients do not even feel their insertion. Richman also insists that the benefits of acupuncture outweigh any tingly sensation they might feel, and she often suggests pairing the treatment with cupping or even light therapy to speed up healing, increase blood circulation, and relieve inflammation.