Acupuncture is a Chinese medical practice with a history that spans over thousands of years. It has been reported to help restore overall health and emotional balance. For those who are skeptical of the practice, however, acupuncture is seen as an odd, “new age” healing treament. In this blog we debunk some of the most common myths surrounding acupuncture.
Myth #1: Acupuncture Hurts
One of the biggest and perhaps most common myths is that acupuncture is painful. Although the practice does use needles, they are about the size of a cat whisker. You may feel a small amount of pain after the initial prick, but any displeasure felt will fade with time. After a few moments, you’ll begin to feel your body’s natural healing energy at work.
Myth #2: It’s Not a Legitimate Form of Medicine
Because of its deeply rooted history, acupuncture is often thought of as “ancient folk medicine.” That isn’t to say it’s not legitimate – the National Institutes of Health oversees a number of research trials on acupuncture, and the World Health Organization views acupuncture as a credible treatment plan for a wide range of conditions.
Myth #3: It’s Only for People With Joint Pain
Although acupuncture can help individuals who suffer from back pain, neck pain, or knee pain, it can also prove to be beneficial for those who experience extreme stress, migraine headaches, allergies, and high blood pressure. Acupuncture has also been found to be very relaxing for those who simply wish to unwind.
Myth #4: If You Don’t See Results in Two Treatments, it Doesn’t Work
People’s response to acupuncture varies. Since no two individuals are alike, their reactions to acupuncture will differ. Some people experience immediate healing after one treatment, while others begin to feel better after several sessions. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your sessions, speak with your acupuncturist to see if there are other styles or techniques he or she can use.
Myth #5: Acupuncture Has Too Many Side Effects
In reality, acupuncture has few to no side effects. It’s recommended, however, that you schedule your acupuncture appointment on a day that is not too busy – you don’t want to be stressing out or in a time crunch during your session.
Let us guide you on your path to healing. To make an appointment with our acupuncturist, call Manhattan Sports Therapy today at (646) 798-1330.