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It's Painful and It's Addictive: 5 Myths About Acupuncture

Written By The Chiropractic & Physical Therapy Center of New Jersey on December 11, 2018

Whether acupuncture has been recommended to you by a friend or you’ve stumbled across it in your search for alternative treatments – you’ve probably got a lot of questions you want answering. 

After all, there are many misconceptions flying around about what a visit to an acupuncturist entails. 

However, the truth is, this treatment has been around for thousands of years and is proven to aid a wide range of ailments.  

The Top 5 Acupuncture Myths That May Be Holding You Back

Below, we’ll dispel some of these common myths. Once these have been worked through, hopefully you will be excited to try acupuncture and get on the road to healing.

1. Acupuncture Uses Needles So It Hurts 

While an acupuncturist will use needles, they are about the same thickness as the whiskers on a cat. This means you might not even feel the initial prick as they’re inserted into your skin. 

If you do feel any slight discomfort, this tends to fade quickly. What you will experience, though, is “qi” – an electrical, throbbing, or heavy sensation as the natural healing energy in your body gets to work. 

2. It’s an Old-Fashioned Treatment So It’s Not Recommended 

This couldn’t be further from the truth. 

In fact, many industry-leading medical institutions list this type of treatment as a valid one for a number of conditions. This includes the World Health Organization (WHO) and National Institutes of Health (NIH).  

3. It Will Conflict with Other Conventional Treatments 

Any conventional medication you are using or treatments you are undergoing will not be compromised if you choose to visit your acupuncturist. 

Rather, this type of treatment is often used to complement and even boost various other types of therapies and medication. 

4. It’s Only Effective at Treating Pain 

While it is true that this treatment can combat a variety of pain, including headaches, knee pain, back pain, menstrual cramps, and stomach pain – this isn’t all it’s good at. 

Rather, it can also be used to help with morning sickness, the side effects of chemotherapy, vomiting and nausea, allergies, high blood pressure, infertility, depression, and a whole host of other conditions. 

5. Once You Start Having the Treatment, You Can’t Stop 

People often assume that once you’ve started visiting your acupuncturist, you’ll always need to. 

The truth is, for most conditions you won’t need ongoing treatments as it’ll target the root cause of the problem. That said, people with chronic conditions often find regular appointments help keep their symptoms in check. 

Discover the Benefits of Acupuncture Today!

As you can see, visiting an acupuncturist offers a plethora of benefits to your health and without the worrying side effects of medication or surgery. 

Our acupuncturist boasts over 10 years’ experience, book your appointment with her today at 973-759-3020.

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