Chances are your doctor has never prescribed acupuncture. But don’t be too quick to rule it out as an alternative treatment. There is plenty of research to show that acupuncture is an effective treatment for pain, digestive issues, asthma, allergies, migraines and the list goes on. Check out a few of the top reasons people are turning to this Eastern medicine:

1. Eases back pain

Back pain is one of the top complaints, likely because so many of us are sitting at our desks all day. A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that those who used acupuncture saw as much as a 15% greater improvement in their symptoms. Beats turning to a prescription!

2. Stress relief

Acupuncture can mellow out the nervous system and help you better manage stress.

3. Takes away headaches

A study shows that acupuncture can not only relieve headache pain but can be an effective treatment to prevent them.