Acupuncture Myths Busted!
Do you know that acupuncture has been around for thousands of years? It is said to have originated in China. Scientists are of the opinion that sharpened stones and bones must have been used for acupuncture that dates back to 6000 BC. So, it has been around since the pre-historic era! Would you believe that the first description of acupuncture treatment has been documented in 100 BC? Isn’t that overwhelming?
However, people these days are a bit skeptical about getting an acupuncture treatment done and their main cause of worry are needles. There are many more myths and misconceptions associated with acupuncture and this post aims at getting all of them cleared. Let’s get all the acupuncture myths busted!
Myth no 1: Acupuncture is painful
They are using needles and it can be painful! Yes and no! Yes for the usage of needles and no for the pain! The needles used in acupuncture are just the miniature versions of the needles that draw blood at the doctor’s clinic. They are equivalent to 2 or 3 human hairs. At times you might feel an initial prick which will fade away in seconds. On most instances you cannot even realize that you have a needle in the body.
Myth no 2: Acupuncture is meant for hippies
Nope! Acupuncture is for all. You would be surprised to know that there are several people getting acupuncture treatment but are keeping mum! People from different walks of life with different ailments come for treatments. My friend’s mother used to go for acupuncture treatment for backache.
Myth no 3: Acupuncture is only helpful in treating pain
My friend’s mother’s backache treatment through acupuncture does not mean that acupuncture is only for pain. Yes, it does help relieve joint pain, back pain, headaches and menstrual cramps. Research speaks volumes regarding its effectiveness for pain. However, acupuncture treats other conditions like nausea, allergies, depression, anxiety, infertility, hypertension and fibromyalgia. That is a pretty long list. Aren’t you surprised?
Myth no 4: Acupuncture works like a placebo
This can be true to a certain extent if not completely. However, if you happen to feel better, would you care how and why? Still, this placebo notion is just a myth as several studies of acupuncture have shown that the brain releases chemicals like endorphins, which are natural painkillers and another hormone that tends to calm down overactive nerves. It provides the body with the additional anti-inflammatory effect. Are you convinced or do you still think that acupuncture works like a placebo.
Myth no 5: Acupuncture is addictive
People are under the impression that once you start with an acupuncture treatment, you will always need to go in for it in order to feel good. However, the truth is that for a majority of illnesses, the main goal of the therapist is to treat the acute problem so that you don’t require endless number of treatments. But for people having chronic illnesses, it is recommended that they have maintenance acupuncture sessions in order to keep the problem under control.
Hope you found this post ‘Acupuncture myths busted’ useful!
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