Acupuncture Myths Answered

Acupuncture only works for pain relief:

  • It is true that Acupuncture works great for pain relief because it can helps your body secrete more endorphins (natural painkillers) to target problematic areas. However, Acupuncture is also known to regulate hormones for fertility concerns. Help secrete melatonin in your body to help with insomnia. It can also help your body produce collagen for more flawless skin. Above are just are few examples. In other words, Acupuncture is effective in treating a wide variety of medical concerns. Always ask your Acupuncturist if they can help you, most of the time they can!

I don’t need Acupuncture, Im healthy:

  • Acupuncture is effective in preventative medical treatments. Often, I would hear my patients say “My doctors says everything is fine but I don’t feel optimal.” We evaluate and diagnose the entire person and often see the beginnings of an imbalance and correct it before symptoms appear and become a more serious concern. Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel (quote that I read somewhere before). 

If you didn’t feel better after first session, it isn’t for you:

  • Every patient response to treatments differently. Some patient can see a result in 1-3 treatment, well others might see a result in 8-10. It also depends on how complicated your case is (ex. acute or chronic, or severity level). My suggestion is to pick an Acupuncturist and stick with them for a while. Acupuncture is not just about sticking needles in patient’s body, there are different diagnosis, as well as different techniques and styles to how we insert the needles. Keep in mind, Acupuncture is a NATURAL and HOLISTIC medicine. We are treating your body as a ‘whole’, naturally. If you don’t see a result in 1-2 treatments, don’t be discouraged, just let your Acupuncturist know.  If EVERYONE can see results in 1 treatment, I would be a millionaire by now.

Acupuncture can conflict with medication, and other mainstream conventional medical treatments:

  • There is no conflict between Acupuncture and other medication or treatments, if anything we can complement each other. Many times your Acupuncturist will work alongside chiropractors, massage therapists, naturopathic doctors, family doctors, or midwives. Acupuncturist are well trained and know their scope of practice. If Acupuncture is not the right treatment for you, you will be informed. 

Acupuncture is painful:

  • I understand, putting needles into your body sounds scary. Just remember, Acupuncture needles can’t be compared to injection needles. They are EXTREMELY thin. Most of the time patient don’t feel the needles going in. Acupuncturist are here to help with pain, not cause it. Read my old blog post “Does Acupuncture Hurt” for more information!