4 Myths About Acupuncture You Should Stop Believing

Acupuncture is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine (or TCM). It has been practiced for more than 3,000 years. Acupuncture treatment in Sonoma County involves inserting paper-thin needles through the patient’s skin at specific points on the body to clear energy blocks.

Acupuncture does not have any major side effects and is minimally invasive. No wonder its popularity is increasing with each passing year. There are, however, many skeptics of the ancient needle-based treatment.

Acupuncture is still not fully understood by most and there are a lot of misconceptions surrounding it. To help raise awareness about the ancient Chinese system of medicine, we’re busting some acupuncture myths.

Acupuncture is Painful

Many people believe that acupuncture causes discomfort and pain. They believe they will be writhing in pain for hours after a session. This is not surprising, given the fact that needles are inserted through the patient’s skin.

These needles, however, are smaller than hypodermic needles. They are extremely flexible and can bend up to 90 degrees without breaking. Acupuncture rarely causes discomfort. Most people who receive acupuncture, report only feeling a mild dull ache or tingling sensation around the insertion sites.

Acupuncture is Just for Pain

This is one of the most common acupuncture myths. Though acupuncture is extensively used for treating chronic pain, it can help treat many conditions from allergies to arthritis. Many hospitals around the country use acupuncture as an adjunctive therapy for treating anxiety, PTSD, and depression.

If You Do Not See Results Immediately, You Are Unlikely to Benefit from Acupuncture

Nothing could be further from the truth. Every patient is unique. While some patients may see results in the first three sessions, others may need a full course (8-10 sessions). After  completing a few sessions, your acupuncturist will determine how your body is reacting to the treatment. Based on their findings, the professional will recommend a specific course of action.

Acupuncture Benefits Are Due to the Placebo Effect

Many critics of acupuncture claim that acupuncture benefits are psychological. This isn’t true. Over the years, various studies have been conducted to test this hypothesis.

One such study was conducted in 2018. Where 21,000 patients were divided into two groups. Patients in one group received sham acupuncture, while those in the other group received true acupuncture. Patients in the first group did not notice significant changes in their pain, while those who received acupuncture reported a decline in pain intensity.

Acupuncture Mama is a team of skilled acupuncturists and TCM practitioners. We use acupuncture to restore the balance of energy flowing throughout the body. Whether you need treatment for chronic pain or have a hormonal imbalance, our office in Sonoma County can help! To make an appointment, call us at (707) 303-7200.

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