Myths about acupuncture

myths acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient medical treatment. It has been around for ages. And while many people know it involves needles, most people have beliefs about the treatment/ practice that are not true. Below are some of the most common myths about acupuncture

  1. Acupuncture Is Very Painful. Yes, acupuncture can hurt a bit. After all, it involves the use of needles. However, the needles are quite thin and most people usually do not feel any pain. The sensation during pricking is usually more electrical/ throbbing than painful.
  1. Acupuncture Is Not Supported By Science. This is a very common belief but it is not true. While acupuncture did not come about as a result of modern scientific research or inquiry, many reputable health organizations including the WHO and the NIH have conducted research into it and recognize its usefulness in treating various conditions.
  1. Acupuncture Is Mainly Preferred By Nonconformists. This is false. Many people who get acupuncture treatments are ordinary people living ordinary lives. Ask your friends and family and they will probably admit they have gotten acupuncture treatments or they know someone who has.
  1. Acupuncture Can Conflict Modern Medicine. This is one of the most prevalent myths about acupuncture. And it is not true at all. Acupuncture does not conflict modern medicine, it complements it.
  1. Acupuncture Only Reduces Pain. While acupuncture is a very good pain remedy, this is not the only thing this ancient treatment is useful for. It can be used to treat menstrual cramps, infertility, depression, allergies, hypertension, morning sickness, nausea, and vomiting. And in terms of pain, it can treat all sorts of pain including stomach ache, headache, back pain, and joint pain.
  1. Acupuncture Has Many Side Effects. This is completely false. Acupuncture has no major side effects. In fact, rarely do individuals even experience minor side effects such as irritation. And after an acupuncture treatment, 99% of people can carry on with their daily activities.
  1. Acupuncture Is Addictive. Many people believe that once you get an acupuncture treatment, you will always need it. This is wrong. Acupuncture does not hook you up like drugs. Professional acupuncturists will always do their best to treat you once and for all. However, some conditions may require regular treatment for benefits for long term relief. 
  1. Acupuncture Is Not Evidence-Based. This is an outright lie. Acupuncture has both mental and physical benefits. It is evidence-based in the sense that many studies have shown that it does have noticeable effects in the body. One of its effects is that it causes the body to release endorphins (painkilling hormones), therefore, resulting in the reduction of pain. Studies have also proven that it boosts immunity and that it has an anti-inflammatory effect.
  1. Acupuncturists Treat by Guesswork. This is actually not a myth about acupuncture – it is disrespect (LOL). Acupuncturists train hard and get certified to provide treatments. However, not all acupuncturists are the same. Some have better training and have more experience than others hence they treat better. So if you do not experience good results with one, talk to another on.
  1. Acupuncture Treatments Require Referrals. This is largely not true. Acupuncture treatments do not require referrals.

There are many clinics that offer acupuncture treatment in Ottawa, like Motion Matters.