Why Celebs Love Acupuncture—And You Might, Too

Why Celebs Love Acupuncture—And You Might, Too(Source: Fuse/ Thinkstock) Don't fear the needles, dear readers. Gwen Stefani doesn't, along with a plethora of trendsetters who rely on this 3,000-year-old form of ancient Oriental medicine. Although the treatment may at first seem daunting to those unfamiliar with the concept, acupuncture's fast-growing popularity in the West is evidence alone of its effectiveness. (And just so you know, it doesn't hurt at all––the needles are as thin as a human hair.)

So how does it work? Simple. Like other forms of Chinese medicine, according to the Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Alliance, acupuncture works with the vital energy (called Qi) that flows through specific pathways (called meridians) within the body. Each one connects to a specific organ, the ACUALL explains, and Chinese medicine sees disease as "an imbalance of energy in the meridians and their associated physiological systems." An acupuncture treatment targets specific points along the meridians to, over time, restore balance.

And, according to the World Health Organization, acupuncture can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, including depression and anxiety; PMS; ear, nose and throat issues; arthritis; headaches; back pain and many other symptoms and ailments. It can also make you feel pretty great, as we can see by the smile on Stefani's face as she heads to her acupuncture clinic. 

Gwen+StefaniSinger Gwen Stefani along with her newborn son Apollo, stops by an acupuncture studio in Los Angeles, California on April 30, 2014. (FameFlynet Pictures)more pics »