Acupuncture is a treatment option that uses an entirely different method of treating diseases than Western medicine. It has recently grown in popularity in Phoenix and has gained acceptance mainstream. However, as there are some myths surrounding it, here is an attempt at demystifying it.
1. Myth no.1: Acupuncture treats only pain
It is true that acupuncture does wonders at treating back, shoulder, neck, leg and postoperative pains, headaches, and practically all pains. However, pain is not the only condition acupuncture treats.
It also alleviates other health conditions like allergies, insomnia, asthma, menstrual irregularities and anxiety. Some acupuncturists are generalists treating many ailments while others specialize in their treatment. So do your research to find the right acupuncturist to treat your health problem.
2. Myth no. 2: Acupuncture doesn’t work as there are no changes after one sitting.
You can’t expect miracles with a single setting. If you have been experiencing back pain for months, you will need more than one setting to notice results. Your acupuncturist will be able to estimate the number of treatments you will require after the first treatment, but the actual response time varies per individual.
Remember that acupuncture is a cumulative process, like going to the gym. You can’t expect to run faster or lift heavier weights in one session. Most people notice changes after ten acupuncture treatments, and if you don’t, it’s time to change your acupuncturist.
3. Myth no. 3: Acupuncture hurts
This is partly true as you can’t say that acupuncture does not hurt. However, it’s not hurt you feel when needles are inserted into the right places; it is a dull heaviness. As people are unfamiliar with this, those who are undergoing acupuncture for the first time interpret it as pain.
However, if your acupuncturist describes this dull and achy feeling before you are treated, you are less likely to feel any pain as your body is prepared for the pain and is thus less tense. In other words, the hurt of acupuncture is the anxiety felt about the unknown.
4. Myth no.4: Only Chinese or Asians can practice acupuncture
There is today thousands of traditional Chinese medical practitioners in the US where most of them are non-Asians. Chinese medicine is medicine based on a finite body of language and is highly organized but has no difference to your racial background and ability at learning and practicing it. In other words, anyone can practice acupuncture. Remember that western medicine has its roots in ancient Greece; this, however, does not imply that only Greeks can practice western medicine, right?
Now that these four popular myths about acupuncture have been debunked, you need not worry if and when you have to go to your Phoenix acupuncture clinic for your treatment!