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Debunking 3 Common Myths About Acupuncture

More than 1.5 billion people live with chronic pain. And while there are virtually countless treatment methods that have evolved over the years, there are some that are considered ancient art forms. Acupuncture, for example, has had thousands of years of success in China, but there are many misconceptions about the practice. Here are a few common myths surrounding the ancient Chinese art of acupuncture treatment.

Acupuncture is very painful.
This is easily the most popular myth that surrounds the practice. And it sounds logical to a certain degree, considering that needles are involved. However, acupuncture involves needles that are incredibly thin: about the size of a cat’s whisker, to be exact. There’s a good chance you won’t even feel the needle enter your skin. The sensation is often described as being similar to that of a mosquito bite. During the session, however, after all the needles are in place, you may feel a Qi (pronounced ‘chee’) sensation that’s described as slight throbbing and/or heaviness. Rest assured that this just means that the body is in the process of healing.

Acupuncture is not a legitimate medical procedure.
This myth is usually believed by those who simply don’t understand the practice. On the contrary, acupuncture treatment is an option recommended by many major health institutes. In fact, World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recognize the practice as a viable treatment option for numerous health conditions.

“Several recent studies indicate that acupuncture is an effective solution for many common health complaints from anxiety to chronic back pain,” writes Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. “One significant meta-analysis study of 17,922 patients concluded that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain and is therefore a reasonable referral option.”

If you have a sports injury or want to improve general foot health, acupuncture may be the right physical therapy option for you.

Acupuncture isn’t hygienic
Finally, this myth stems from the use of needles in acupuncture. But the fact is, the needles used in the practice are suitable for one-time-use only. They’re individually packaged and disposed of immediately after the procedure. There’s absolutely no risk of contracting a disease from the practice.

Ultimately, being aware of these acupuncture misconceptions can help you make the right decisions regarding your physical therapy needs. For more information about chronic pain treatment, contact Platinum Health Center.

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