“Acupuncture has a lot of side effects. Acupuncture treatments are expensive. People can become addicted to it.”
And, so the list goes on and on.
I’m sure you must have heard about this ancient treatment method, but did you ever give it a try?
Because of the range of myths that convince you, it’s pure craziness.
Well, here are some facts we know and we’d like to debunk so as you can enjoy a happy and healthy lifestyle.
#1. Acupuncture Is Painful – After All, They Are Using Needles
Be honest with me, what’s the first thing you think about when I say acupuncture?
Lots and lots of needles inserted on the body, isn’t it?
Often, just the sight of a needle alone can be enough to make you squirm. And, this is why the minute you think of being poked by needles, it sends a shiver up your spine.
Let me clear this misunderstanding: Needles used by the skilled and experienced acupuncturists at Konforti Wellness and Acupuncture Center are very, very far from being painful and completely different from the ones used for injections or drawing blood. The needles are actually so fine and thin that you’d say they are about the size of a cat’s whisker or the width of a human hair.
When a needle is inserted into your skin, you would most likely feel a slight sensation of numbness or tingling. But, this discomfort will eventually fade on its own.
This is how an individual new to acupuncture described the experience: “It felt like a baby was pinching me at times, but it really didn’t hurt at all.”
Once you are positioned on the table, the acupuncturist can even try to adjust the size of the needles because some people require a lighter touch.
I won’t be surprised if you even fell asleep while the needles are still in.
#2. Acupuncture Is an Ancient Folk Medicine. No Legitimate Healthcare Professional Would Recommend It
Just because it is ancient with a history that dates back to prehistory doesn’t mean that it’s outdated or you should be skeptical about its scientific merit.
Over the last 20 years, many reputed medical institutions have recognized the efficacy of acupuncture in treating several health conditions. Even the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have agreed that under a range of circumstances, acupuncture is beneficial. And, it’s not surprising that acupuncture is a treatment option in the United States military.
From very young to very old, today’s doctors are referring their patients for acupuncture.
#3. Acupuncture Is a Mystical Form of Voodoo
People have been wondering about the unholy union of acupuncture and voodoo ever since Tom Tam, a Massachusetts acupuncturist, created a new treatment – known as Tong Ren – where he claimed to cure diseases by hitting dolls with a hammer.
Don’t know for the Tong Ren therapy, but there’s absolutely nothing mystical or magical about acupuncture.
As a traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is designed to help balance a body’s various interconnected systems. It can help improve the flow of oxygen, nutrients and blood throughout the body and can also improve the nerve signal in the brain.
#4. Acupuncture Only Benefits Those in Physical Pain
Not one, but thousands of research have proved that acupuncture can be used for a wide range of health issues other than physical pain, including:
- High blood pressure
- Morning sickness
- Chemotherapy side effects
- Nausea and vomiting
- Respiratory problems like asthma
- Neurological disorders such as paralysis, autism, Parkinson’s disease, aphasia, vertigo, complex regional pain, stroke rehab, dysphagia, traumatic brain injury and fibromyalgia
#5. Acupuncture Causes Permanent Scarring
There are lots of reasons why some flee at the mention of acupuncture and one of them is the fear of permanent scarring once the needles are removed from the body.
You can have minor bleeding, but don’t worry, it will heal very quickly and you won’t look like you’d come straight from The Walking Dead.
Are you looking for a soothing acupuncture therapy that can actually do wonders? Contact Konforti Wellness and Acupuncture Center!
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