The benefits of acupuncture therapy are numerous and clinical studies have shown that acupuncture can help with diseases and conditions such as dysentery, allergic rhinitis, depression, facial pain, headaches, hypertension, knee pain, lower back pain, morning sickness, neck pain, dental pain, renal colic, rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica pain, sprain pain, stroke pain and tennis elbow, according to The UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine. Acupuncture therapy can also help induce labor and help with postoperative pain.
Acupuncture therapy can also help with relaxation and stress elimination. One of the best aspects of acupuncture therapy is the safety of the therapy, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Acupuncture is considered very safe for all different types of people. Some practitioners recommend that women who are menstruating avoid acupuncture while others ask that women who are pregnant only seek an acupuncturist who is experienced in treating pregnant women, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Acupuncture therapy is also becoming an increasingly popular way of treating sports injuries. Athletes often have sprains, whiplash, overuse pain and nerve pain due to their rough treatment of their bodies. Acupuncture can help to eliminate the symptoms involved with each injury or stressed body part so that the athlete can get back to practice, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Acupuncture is also covered by some medical health insurance plans and acupuncturists can be found at hospitals and in private practice.