Acupuncture has many benefits when used as a complementary therapy, especially for individuals living with HIV. At UNM Truman Health Services, our patients have access to a licensed acupuncturist who specializes in helping HIV-positive individuals manage symptoms and improve quality of life.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a Chinese herbal medicine that stimulates the surface of the skin with the strategic placement of small needles. An acupuncturist chooses the placement of the needles based on a physiological chart and anatomical knowledge of corresponding pressure points. Needles are removed and sterilized after the session is complete.
Benefits of Acupuncture
When used in conjunction with medical care, there are numerous benefits of acupuncture for the health of HIV-positive individuals, including:
- Symptom Management.
Acupuncture therapy can provide relief from chronic pain, night sweats, and peripheral neuropathy.
- Minimizing Medication Side Effects.
Acupuncture can help you manage chronic nausea and diarrhea caused by antiretroviral therapy.
- Improving Mood.
If you are HIV-positive, you are at a higher risk of suffering from depression and anxiety. When used in tandem with counseling and medication management, acupuncture may be able to provide additional support.
- Increased Energy.
An experienced acupuncturist can help you combat fatigue to increase your energy levels.
- Substance Use Help.
Acupuncture can be used to help overcome addiction to substances that can negatively impact HIV health.
As the premier medical home for people living with HIV in New Mexico, UNM Truman Health Services is committed to doing everything possible to improve your HIV treatment experience. From massage therapy to nutritional counseling, we provide a broad range of complementary therapies that are tailored to meet the unique needs of individuals living with HIV.
Schedule an Appointment with an Acupuncturist
Experience the benefits of acupuncture with complementary care services from UNM Truman Health Services. Contact us today to make an appointment with an acupuncturist that specializes in HIV-related care.