HIV is a disease that cannot currently be cured, but there are many treatments that can help to improve the quality of life. Anti-viral drugs that suppress the disease’s effect are one option that you’re probably familiar with. But did you know that complementary therapies like acupuncture and chiropractic can actually help with managing symptoms and improving a patient’s quality of life?
How Acupuncture Works
Acupuncture has been practiced in China for thousands of years. It did not become widely practiced in the US until the 1970s, but it’s gained popularity in the past few decades and is now more widely practiced than ever.
Acupuncture uses very thin needles that are placed in the skin near pressure points. These needles stimulate the body, triggering positive responses, and acupuncture therapy can be used to treat a variety of ailments and complaints.
Benefits of Acupuncture for HIV-Positive Patients
Acupuncture treatments can help with a number of issues an HIV patient may encounter:
- Chronic pain
- Night sweats
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Chronic nausea and diarrhea
Additionally, acupuncture is helpful in reducing anxiety and lessening depression. With counseling and medication, acupuncture can provide much-needed relief from these issues.
If you are HIV-positive, consider adding acupuncture or other alternative therapies to your treatment. Contact UNM Truman Health Services to learn more about complementary therapies and how they can help you manage your symptoms.