If you are dealing with chronic pain, you’ve probably had family and friends tell you about acupuncture or have read about it online, wondering if it would be the right thing for you but afraid to pursue it further. Chances are, you’ve hesitated because of all the myths that are out there. It’s hard to know what to believe, so we are here to address the most common acupuncture myths and provide some honest answers!
- Myth #1: Acupuncture Is Painful
If you are receiving treatment from a trained, experienced acupuncturist, acupuncture is not inherently painful. You may feel a slight sting at times but it should not ever be painful. The sensation, if anything is sensed at all, is that of touch or light pressure. We always make it a priority to ensure you are comfortable and relaxed when you are being treated and will make adjustments where necessary.
- Myth #2: Conventional Physicians Disapprove of Acupuncture
Although not all conventional or Western doctors prescribe acupuncture as a treatment for their patients, many are starting to understand and recognize the value of acupuncture as a remedy for certain disorders. Clinical trials and scientific data about the benefits of acupuncture has increased over time, causing these doctors to become more confident in acupuncture overall.
- Myth #3: Acupuncture is Purely an Eastern Practice
As you may know, Acupuncture originated in ancient China over 3,000 years ago and from there expanded into Japan, Korea, Taiwan, the Middle East and Europe. Since then, acupuncture has firmly established itself in the West. Acupuncture is a recognized system of medicine under complementary and alternative medicines, and even USFDA and NCCAM have been optimistic on highlighting its advantages in some disease conditions.
- Acupuncture Isn’t An Effective Remedy
Many people may think acupuncture is just a placebo, and not an effective treatment. The truth about acupuncture is that it is a fantastic treatment for pain disorders like sciatica and fibromyalgia, and also conditions like sleep disorders, menstrual problems, and digestive diseases. Research has proven this, and oftentimes acupuncture is providing new life to the people who don’t find relief through any other treatment.
Hopefully by debunking some of these common myths, you are a little more comfortable with the idea of pursuing acupuncture as a treatment for your condition(s). We try our best here at Mayflower Acupuncture to make our patients feel comfortable in a tranquil, spa like setting. We take the time to get to know their ailments, and what we can do to help them feel better! We offer free, no-risk consultations, and invite you to come see us today!