In the Acupuncture world, the biggest customer concern is that the needles HURT!
Acupuncture hurts, Right?
There are a lot of misconceptions about acupuncture, but the truth is the practice of acupuncture is as celebrated by its devotees as it is misunderstood by its skeptics.
…Read below to find out the most common fallacies we hear in the clinic today.
8 most common myths about acupuncture
8 Common Acupuncture Myths
Myth 1: Acupuncture hurts — after all, we’re talking sticking needles in people
Fact: Although we use needles, they are very fine (about the size of a cat whisker). More often than not, you won’t feel the needle being inserted. Yes, they are that small! When the needle reaches the acupuncture point you will experience a “Qi sensation”, often described as a zing of tiny electrical sensations. Sensations fade within seconds. These sensations stimulate connective tissue, nerves, and muscles also releasing endorphins and serotonin which relaxes the body back into a parasympathetic state. Natural innate healing occurs here.
Myth 2: Acupuncture is ancient folk medicine; no legitimate healthcare professional would recommend it and the only people who use it are "new agers".
Fact: Acupuncture is a treatment option that many medical institutions recommend. The United States military uses acupuncture, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funds many clinical research trials on acupuncture, and thousands of people have coverage under their insurance policies. Both the NIH and the World Health Organization (WHO) recognize acupuncture as a valid treatment for a wide range of conditions. And, I bet you a ham sandwich that you probably have a friend, coworker or neighbor who receives acupuncture treatments and LOVES it.
Myth 3: Acupuncture may conflict with medication, physical therapy and other ‘mainstream’ conventional medical treatments
Fact: There is no conflict between acupuncture and conventional medicine; they complement one another. Acupuncture works nicely as an adjunct to your conventional treatment plan and alongside your chiropractor, massage therapist, and physical therapist.
Myth 4: Acupuncture is only useful in treating pain
Fact: It’s true that acupuncture helps relieve pain, including knee pain; back pain; headache; migraine: stomach pain and menstrual cramps. However, acupuncture is also used to treat nausea/vomiting, chemotherapy side effects, morning sickness, hypertension (high blood pressure), allergies, depression, infertility and other conditions...
Myth 5: Acupuncture’s effects are psychological. It doesn’t really do anything
Myth 6: Once you start acupuncture, you’ll always need acupuncture
Fact: For most conditions, acupuncturists strive to improve your main problem so you do not have to return for more treatment. For chronic conditions, some people stay on a maintenance schedule, such as returning once a month, because acupuncture continues to help and prevent relapse. Do you go to the dentist twice a year because you have cavities? Nope, you go twice a year for routine maintenance to prevent decay. Acupuncture is no different. You wouldn’t go to the dentist every week if you were OK. Nor would you with acupuncture. But if you let your gum health deteriorate and had a lot of periodontal problems you may have to go regularly for awhile to fix the problems. Once your mouth heals and they have corrected the issues you are dismissed from regular care and put back on a maintenance schedule. Easy peazy guys!
Myth 7: If you do not see results in one or two treatments, then you’re unlikely to benefit from acupuncture
Fact: The response to acupuncture is always an individual one. Some people respond quickly — within one, two or three treatments. Others need a full course of eight to 10 treatments. Acupuncture’s effects are cumulative, building with each treatment, so the acupuncturist will assess its effects after you complete a full series of treatments. Acupuncturists use a variety of styles and techniques, so if you do not see results with one clinician, seek out another acupuncturist.
Myth 8: You’ll need a doctor’s referral or a prescription for acupuncture
Fact: Guidelines vary by state. In the state of Washington, for example, you do not need a doctor’s referral or prescription for acupuncture. It is important you seek out a qualified and medically licensed acupuncturist before starting any course of treatment.
Think of Acupuncture like resetting a tripped power breaker box in your home or turning on the garden house to a thirsty garden. Acupuncture needles positively affect your chemical messengers, nerve signals and blood flow.
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