Acupuncture Myths Debunked
By Anna K. Fryxell |
The main reason we’ve been a little hesitant about acupuncture is the needles. Just the thought of one tiny needle entering our skin is enough to make us cringe, so you can imagine that the thought of several needles makes us feel even worse. But if you can put your fears aside and weed through the myths, there are a lot of benefits to acupuncture. That's why we did the digging for you (and even conquered our own fear by trying it).
Myth: Acupuncture doesn’t work.
“If you experience any chronic or acute discomfort, physical or emotional, you will benefit from acupuncture,” says Santa Monica, CA, licensed acupuncturist at Exhale Spa, Homa Sajadian. In fact, researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center found that acupuncture patients experienced a 50 percent decrease in symptoms after treatments.
Myth: Acupuncture is painful.
“My first time patients are often surprised to learn that I've already placed the needles and they didn't experience any pain,” says Sajadian. We can also attest to this. During our treatment, we didn't feel a thing.
Myth: Acupuncture only treats pain.
While acupuncture is a popular treatment to help relieve pain, it can also treat chronic and acute conditions like digestive issues, stress, emotional disorders, psoriasis, and allergies. There’s also an increasing demand for acupuncture to be used for cosmetic purposes like acne and facial rejuvenation.
Myth: You can’t get acupuncture when you’re sick.
“If you can make it to your appointment, your acupuncture treatment will actually reduce your symptoms and even help you recover faster,” says Sajadian. This is because acupuncture has been found to help boost the immune system, as well as be used as a preventative measure during the cold and flu season.