Acupuncture Myths vs. Truths

Acupuncture is an alternative medicine treatment that is thousands of years old. Even though it has been around for a long time, many people do not understand this treatment and maybe even believe some myths surrounding it. Chronic pain is best treated by combining both western and alternative medicine options, and acupuncture is a great tool for pain relief. Our office offers acupuncture performed by Arnold Weil, M.D.

Here we discuss some common myths surrounding this alternative treatment option.

#1- It’s Not Effective
There are numerous studies showing that acupuncture helps relieve pain. Acupuncture works by inserting a needle into well defined acupuncture sites. The nervous system is then stimulated and releases chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and the brain. These chemicals can help to change the experience of pain or they can release other chemicals and hormones that influence the body’s own internal regulating system. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.

#2- You Will Need To Go Often
The number of Acupuncture treatments needed differs from person to person. For complex or long standing conditions, one or two treatments per week for several months may be recommended. For acute problems, usually fewer visits are required. For health maintenance, four sessions a year may be all that is necessary.

#3- It Will Be Painful
Many people associate needles with pain. However, the needles that are approved for the use in acupuncture are not like the needles that are used to give shots. These are about the width of two hairs and in most instances you cannot even feel a pin prick when inserted. If you do feel an initial sensation it dies away in a few seconds and you spend your session not realizing needles are present.

#4- The Treatment Is Only Offered By New Age Doctors
Incorrect! At our facility, our Board Certified Medical Doctor, Arnold Weil, performs acupuncture. He has gone through all training and is certified as a practitioner. Because the World Health Organization recognizing acupuncture as a treatment for many different conditions, the medical community respects this treatment.


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