Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years for successful pain relief, but that doesn’t stop numerous misconceptions from being spread about this ancient practice. Trained acupuncture practitioners insert fine needles into strategic areas on the body, targeting energy pathways to stimulate natural healing. If you’re considering trying this technique, take time to separate fact from fiction with these common myths about the practice.
4 Common Misconceptions About Acupuncture
1. It Hurts
Approximately 50 million Americans have a fear of needles, so it’s no wonder so many mistakenly believe this technique is painful. Because this treatment uses incredibly fine needles, those receiving treatment rarely feel any sensation at all. Some might experience a slight prick, but nothing more.
2. It Doesn’t Help
Some people believe the effects of acupuncture are only psychological with no true benefit offered. In reality, studies have proven that it boosts the immune system, reduces inflammation, and releases natural painkillers known as endorphins. Many patients report significant improvement in their symptoms after only a few sessions.
3. It’s Addictive
Many people mistakenly believe that acupuncture is as addictive as medication, but research has shown that it can help people fight addiction, not contribute to it. Licensed practitioners believe the treatment helps detoxify the body, and while the endorphins released in the process make you feel good, there are typically no adverse side effects to combat.
4. Legitimate Healthcare Professionals Don’t Recommend It
While this technique is widely believed to be new age medicine, it is recognized as a valid treatment by numerous health organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and many doctors recommend it as a treatment for back pain.
New York residents interested in acupuncture for pain relief and healing will find treatment at Unsook Park's Acupuncture in New Hyde Park. For more than 29 years, this licensed acupuncturist has specialized in Korean acupuncture and Chinese herbology. She regularly treats people suffering from back pain, arthritis, headaches, muscle pain, and spastic colon. Call (516) 858-0553 to schedule an appointment or visit the website to learn more about her services.