Acupuncture is quickly gaining in popularity as a health treatment. Still, there are certain misconceptions about this amazing health option! This is a short list of what people ask me most often. Do you know the answers to the following questions?
1. Will it hurt?
Even the most needle shy of my patients are surprised at how painless acupuncture treatments can be. The needles we use are as fine as a strand of hair. This makes for easy, pain-free insertion. It is normal to feel a faint pricking sensation but many first timers report not feeling the needle at all. Many patients find acupuncture so relaxing they fall asleep during the treatment!
2. Do you use sterilized needles?
Yes we do. We only use pre-sterilized, single use, disposable needles.
3. Will it work even if I don’t believe it will?
Belief has nothing to do with the efficacy of acupuncture. Beneficial results have been demonstrated on both children and animals.
4. What Does Acupuncture Treat?
While most people are aware that acupuncture is very effective for treating muscular and joint pain, many are surprised to learn that acupuncture treats many other conditions. In fact the World Health Organization recommends acupuncture as an effective means for treating over 40 common health problems. Some of the most popular treatments in my clinic are for allergies, sinusitis, fatigue, hot flashes, digestive problems, infertility, anxiety, headaches, stress and facial rejuvenation. Of course, I also successfully treat more familiar pain related problems such as low back pain, sciatica, tendonitis, and arthritis. Because acupuncture was initially developed to ensure the longevity of the Emperor, it is a very powerful preventive therapy. This kind of treatment supports the immune system and is recommended 2-4 times a year just prior to the season’s change.
5. How many treatments will I need?
How long the problem has been in existence and the general health of the patient are just two of the several factors that determine the number of treatments. Usually a very healthy person with an acute muscular problem will need less treatment than someone with a longstanding chronic condition.
Well, that’s it for now. If you have any questions regarding acupuncture, just drop me a line !