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Acupuncture: Myths and Facts

Updated: Mar 3, 2020

There are many misconceptions about acupuncture that make it confusing for people to decide whether to try it as a therapy for a variety of health conditions

Myth : Acupuncture needles are large and painful.

Fact: Needles used for acupuncture are much thinner and significantly more comfortable than hypodermic syringes. In fact, it is possible to fit 10 acupuncture needles inside the hole of a standard syringe. When inserted, acupuncture needles gently slide into the skin without tearing or damaging any tissue.

Myth : Acupuncture doesn't really work.

Fact : Acupuncture has been used for over 3,000 years in Asia to treat pain, disease, and mental health problems. Many studies have shown acupuncture to be effective for such conditions as pain, anxiety, stress and depression. The World Health Organization, National Institutes of Health, and Veterans Administration have all recommended acupuncture for a wide variety of conditions.

Myth : Acupuncture is an outdated folk medicine

Fact : Acupuncture is widely used in hospitals and well respected medical clinics across the United States and other developed nations. Examples are the Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic.

Myth : Acupuncture is expensive.

Fact : Acupuncture can be very affordable, especially when you consider how much money you can also save by preventing chronic conditions from developing. Treatment plans are offered that include significant discounts on a group of treatments.

Myth : Acupuncture works miracles

Fact : Acupuncture can benefit your health significantly when done consistently along with appropriate lifestyle changes. The affects aren't as great if little attention is given to stress levels, diet, exercise, and quality sleep.

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