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acupuncture, myth, debunkedAcupuncture has become one of the most widely sought after natural medicine procedures in the entire world. While many people are beginning to understand the amazing benefits that come from acupuncture treatment there are still large number of myths that surround acupuncture. Here are some of the top acupuncture myths that we as experts would like to debunk over the course of this article:

  1. Acupuncture is only for adults: Acupuncture is completely safe for kids and teens and it can treat many of the same conditions that effect adults. Acupuncture has been especially helpful with easing chronic pain in children and teens. Mount Sinai Hospital and the Michener institute recently opened up a clinic in Toronto for treating a wide array of acupuncture patients and the head of the clinical experience says that around 10% of his patients are children. Physicians across many different clinical fields are beginning to use acupuncture as a treatment not only for adults but for children. For chronic pain treatment and more children can see the same types of results as full adults and because the needles are painless the experience is also fairly easy on children.
  2. Acupuncture hurts: According to the British acupuncture counsel, the bottom line is that acupuncture should not hurt. Licensed acupuncture practitionersshould be able to adjust their methods to ensure that participants don’t feel the needles as much if at all when they go in. Many people say that their first acupuncture experience feels similar to a mosquito bite if they are anticipating the needles. Eventually as you go for several different sessions the feeling of the needles going in will start to fade. Because the needles are so thin and so sharp they can effortlessly puncture the skin and this leads to an effect that you will feel far less than your average vaccination needle. Acupuncture doesn’t hurt, it heals.
  3. Acupuncture is only good for treating pain: The World Health Organization has recognized acupuncture is an effective treatment for a huge number of conditions. While many people associate acupuncture with pain management and as a solution for dealing with chronic pain it can actually treat conditions like; Allergies, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, nausea as a result of chemotherapy, dental pain, depression, facial pain, pain in the knee, painful menstruation, kidney stones, sciatica, stroke recovery, inducing labor, reducing swelling and more. Acupuncture goes far beyond pain treatment and many people even go to see acupuncture professionals if they are experiencing any type of symptoms. Acupuncture can really help us to feel our best as well as keep our body as balanced as possible.
  4. Acupuncture is not a recognized form of treatment: Many healthcare professionals will recommend acupuncture as a course of treatment and even provide referrals. With organizations like the United States military utilizing acupuncture in their recovery programs as well as top sports medicine facilities doing the same, acupuncture is not an alternative treatment. Health care professionals around the world are starting to see the benefits of acupuncture and this means that many doctors are recommending this form of treatment as a means to deal with a wider range of symptoms. More and more studies are being published every year that validate treatment claims on acupuncture and today people are referred to acupuncture professionals to help them with their allergies, fertility, pain management, nausea, depression and more. Not only did many private physicians see the benefits of acupuncture but major health authorities like the National Institutes of Health and World Health Organizationrecognize acupuncture is a valid treatment. The national institutes of health for example has funded many different clinical research trials for acupuncture treatment and it is this level of research and funding that is opening up new discoveries from this medical treatment. Acupuncture is not only a recognized form of treatment but it’s slowly becoming a more recognized form of treatment for a growing number of conditions.
  5. Acupuncture is a placebo effect: Acupuncture is far from a placebo effect and there have been many double-blind studies performed in acupuncture to showcase the healing benefits of this medical treatment. Acupuncture has been shown to work in trials with children, animals, adults and more. Not only have we seen kids that have no knowledge of its effectiveness see improvement but in advance studies on animals where full physiology can be examined during treatment, scientists discovered that acupuncture could reduce nausea, pain and more even in extreme situations. Of course acupuncture should always be performed by a qualified practitioner and in order for acupuncture to be effective a few sessions may be required depending on the symptoms that a person is experiencing. Through scientific trials as well as overwhelming patient response, we know that acupuncture is not a placebo.

Keep these top 5 myths in mind if you are considering acupuncture treatment.


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