Debunk Acupuncture Myths

Debunk Acupuncture Myths

Acupuncture is becoming popular in medicine due to its purported benefits of managing pain, stimulating the immune system, and controlling inflammation.  

Acupuncture is an ancient health practice that involves the insertion of fine needles into the skin to treat several health problems. It is used to ease any discomfort related to an array of diseases and conditions, such as:  

  • Chemotherapy  
  • Lower back pain   
  • Dental pain  
  • Labor pain  
  • Fibromyalgia  
  • Menstrual cramps  
  • Headaches  
  • Osteoarthritis   

 

With acupuncture being an alternative medicine technique, there might be some misconceptions about the therapy.  

 

Acupuncture Myths  

Let’s clear up what’s real and what’s not about acupuncture.  

  • Acupuncture is painful: many think that acupuncture can be very painful due to needles. Acupuncture needles are very thin and are often called “pins.” There might be a feeling of a small pinch during the insertion of needles into the skin. It is usually followed by deep relaxation.  
  • It requires no training: there are courses offered for those who want to provide acupuncture services. The training requires at least three years of graduate school before you can get your certification. After that, there are education continuing classes requirements for them to keep their licenses and certificates.  
  • Acupuncture is just for pain management: treatments are individualized depending on every client’s needs. Be sure to tell the practitioner whether you are pregnant, have a bleeding disorder, and have a pacemaker to ensure you are a qualified candidate for the treatment.  

 

There might be some soreness, minor bleeding, or bruising on areas where needles were inserted as common side effects of acupuncture. 

If you think acupuncture is not the proper treatment for you, there is a more conventional way to manage your condition.  

 

SOURCE:  
https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/acupuncture/about/pac-20392763  

https://www.healthline.com/health/copd/quit-smoking-acupuncture-herbs  

https://www.pennmedicine.org/updates/blogs/health-and-wellness/2017/march/acupuncture  

https://www.drneilspiegel.com/blog/myths-and-facts-about-acupuncture  

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