Four Common Acupuncture Myths

acupunctureSo, you are considering getting your first acupuncture treatment. Maybe it’s allergies or insomnia that is leading you to try this ancient medicine. Maybe your mother or your best friend had great results with back pain or anxiety.

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is becoming quite popular and common these days, but there are still many myths and misunderstandings that may cause you hesitate – or keep you from getting the most out of your experience. Lets clear those up now.

1) Myth: The needles hurt.

Fact: While, understandably, fear of needles is among the most common hesitation about getting acupuncture, it should be known that acupuncture needles are literally hair thin. They are many, many times thinner than your thinnest sewing needles and nothing like the hypodermic needles that are used for giving injections. You may feel a small stick from the needles, but most sensations are more interesting than anything else. Sensations include: tingling, pulsing, vibrating, and magnetic feelings.

2) Myth: Acupuncture cures everything.

Fact: If you get hit by a bus, go to the emergency room! Otherwise, think of acupuncture as a great way to treat most chronic and acute conditions that Western Medicine has a difficulty addressing like chronic pain, migraines, menstrual disorders, fertility, arthritis and skin disorders. A course of treatment will be required – very few ailments go away after only one treatment. Think somewhere between 6-12 sessions (or more) depending on the severity and duration of your condition. Also, you must do your part. An acupuncturist can help you with fatigue or insomnia, but if you don’t follow their advice to change your lifestyle, you may quickly return to yourpre-treatment state.

3) Myth: Acupuncture is only good for pain.

Fact: Acupuncture is GREAT for relieving pain, and many kinds of it, and it is also good for everything from colds and flus to depression to digestive disorders. Learn about more conditions that acupuncture treats:

4) Myth: Acupuncture has not been proven to be effective.

Fact: Many studies have been done to prove the efficacy of acupuncture.For example, the NIH (National Institute of Health) and the WHO (World Health Organization) have both determined through multi-discipline consensus studies that acupuncture effectively addresses dozens of conditions.

If you are thinking of getting acupuncture, optimize your time by educating yourself (you’re off to a great start), and be prepared to invest the proper time and effort in your course of treatment. Happy healing!

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