Myths and Facts About Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient practice that is widely accepted in modern medicine as an effective treatment for a range of issues. However, there are plenty of myths regarding acupuncture. We present a few of those myths and counter them with facts in this post. 

Myth 1: Acupuncture is painful

It’s hard to imagine that having someone stick you with needles would not be painful. In fact, the needles used in acupuncture are very fine, and when handled by a skilled practitioner, such as those at Family Acupuncture and Wellness, you’re unlikely to feel anything resembling pain during your treatment. 

You may feel an initial sensation, that is sometimes described as being similar to a mosquito bite. As your treatment progresses, that sensation goes away. You may feel something different, though. 

As the needles do their work, you’re likely to feel a heaviness or a tingling sensation. Depending on the treatment you’re getting, those sensations vary, but few people describe them as being painful. 

If you do feel pain during your treatment, tell your provider. They will make adjustments to keep you comfortable, so you can experience the full benefit of acupuncture. 

Myth 2: Acupuncturists are not real healthcare providers

It takes years of study and hands-on training to become a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.). In addition, acupuncturists must pass rigorous written and practical exams on both the state and national levels. 

Along with licensing requirements, many acupuncturists undergo additional training. For example, in our office, Adam Learner is a functional medicine expert and a master herbalist.

Becoming an acupuncturist requires carefully acquired and honed skills, a commitment to continue learning and building those skills, and years of practice and study. 

Myth 3: Acupuncture is not “real” medicine

Acupuncture has been thoroughly studied in the context of multiple conditions. For example, studies have found acupuncture effective in treating, among others: 

These studies were conducted by qualified researchers, following accepted and recognized methods. Along with results showing the benefits of acupuncture, the researchers discovered there’s very little risk of complications from acupuncture. 

Acupuncture has been proven effective in treating a variety of pain issues, but it can be used in other contexts, as well. Cancer patients may find relief from the side effects of their treatment through acupuncture. It may also help with the symptoms of menopause. 

The facts about acupuncture may be surprising, if you’re a skeptic. It’s an effective approach to treating numerous conditions, and research backs it up. There are few risks — as long as you’re seeing skilled and experienced professionals — and the benefits are numerous. 

If you have questions about something you’ve read or heard about acupuncture, we’d love to hear from you. Book an appointment online, at your convenience, or give us a call during business hours. Our staff is happy to answer questions and give you the facts about acupuncture. 

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