For every time acupuncture is brought up in conversation by someone who has taken the time to give it a try, there is someone ready to discredit their experience. For every “It really works for me, you should give it a try yourself!” There seems to always be an accompanying “Wow, I can’t believe you think that stuff works! It’s all in your head!” But despite the naysayers, the practice of acupuncture has outlasted it early doubters and will outlast its current ones too—by delivering positive results for patients around the world for an array of medical conditions. At the very least, anyone who is skeptical of acupuncture, perhaps wary of its origins or confused by its methods, should commit to giving it an honest, open-minded try. Let’s all do our part with this blog to dispel some of the most common misconceptions about acupuncture.
Myth 1: Acupuncture Hurts
With a skilled and experienced acupuncture therapist, the placement of the needles will be painless. The needles are extremely thin, and beyond an initial prick, will cause no further pain or discomfort. Still to be fair, everyone has a varying pain threshold—to some a needle prick that equates to a mosquito’s bite, is too much to handle. In these instances communication with your therapist will help them tailor your therapy to you needs.
Myth 2: Acupuncture Doesn’t Work, It’s All in Your Head
There has been continuous and ongoing research into the many uses and effects of acupuncture, and the results are positive and point towards proven effects. For example, acupuncture for years been accepted as a means to fight chronic pain, such as can be commonly found in joints and large muscle groupings. But it was not until relatively recently, that Western medicine connected the dots between acupuncture therapy and the release of the body’s natural painkillers—endorphins. Acupuncture has also been linked fighting tissue inflammation and to the functional support for the body’s immune system.
Myth 3: Acupuncture is Religious
For some reason, perhaps due to its connections to Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture has an aura of mysticism around it. Those who are unaware of what acupuncture really is, connect to some sort of spiritual or religious experience or practice—when in truth it is no more spiritual than when your doctor prescribes physical therapy. Acupuncture is an ancient practice, but it was always used for the purpose of healing the mind and body.
Myth 4: Acupuncture is Only for Treating Pain
This one is simply untrue—acupuncture therapy is effective in treating the following array of medical conditions and challenges:
- Chronic muscle pain
- Digestive issues
- Conception issues
- Fertility issues
- Anxiety, and more
Myth 5: Acupuncture Takes Months and Months of Treatment Before Having Any Impact
Every patient responds to their first treatment differently—for some, the treatment takes effect quickly, showing progress within the first two or three sessions. For other patients, a full schedule of 10 sessions is required before the therapist finds the best approach to achieve the patient’s individual goals. Acupuncture’s effects build up, session to session. If your therapist gives you a schedule, stick to it—and see how the use of a variety of styles and techniques, leads to lasting results.
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