Acupuncture Myths and Misconceptions: Exposing the Lies

Acupuncture is the practice of inserting sterile needles in strategic places in the body to relieve pain and promote physical well-being. As a medical practice, it has been around for thousands of years. In fact, research shows that the practice is more than 3,000 years old and was popular in many cultures.

Today, physicians employ it as a complementary therapy for various ailments. Due to the nature of the practice, there are many myths and misconceptions surrounding it and getting people to try it out has been difficult. The lack of exposure to it has gone on to reinforce these misunderstandings and create some negativity around it.

However, it is important for people to open up to acupuncture because of its numerous health benefits. When properly administered by a licensed expert, it alleviates different kinds of bodily pain and prevents various diseases while fostering mental and physical wellness. Here we are going to debunk some misconceptions about acupuncture.

It Conflicts with Other Treatments

Acupuncture is most effective when it is used alongside conventional medicine like chiropractic treatment. It is used to complement other treatments. In fact, conventional treatment and acupuncture complement each other. This is as physicians often note their treatment works better with patients who have been undergoing this ancient treatment.

Acupuncture functions the way eating well, sleeping well and exercising well makes the body more accepting of other modes of treatment. Also, acupuncture produces exceptional results when administered alongside other treatment methods. So, one can say that not only do they not conflict, it is advised they are carried out together.

It hurts

It is true acupuncture appears painful, especially when one is afraid of needles, but the needles don’t cause much pain. This is due to their sizes, which are almost that of a strand of hair and can bend with touch.

The most a patient will feel is a little bit of discomfort initially. But this is, for the most part, the treatment working. In the hands of a skilled acupuncturist, even this already small discomfort is minimal. There are articles and videos available online which detail both how it works and how painless the treatment process is, like this one on

Many patients who have undergone the treatment describe “the pain” as almost like a mosquito bite which eases up while the expert is adjusting the needles. This is then followed by some level of heaviness which shows the treatment is working. The heavy feeling leaves behind calmness and peace which are part of the idea behind the practice.


Acupuncture is only good for pain

It is true acupuncture is used to treat all kinds of aches and pains, including headaches, joint aches, stomach pain, menstrual cramps, back ache, and so on. However, its benefits exceed those. Acupuncture has been known to be useful in the treatment of nausea, depression, anxiety, side effects associated with chemotherapy, infertility, different allergies, and a lot of other conditions.

In fact, in a WHO report published in 2003, acupuncture was proven to be effective in handling asthma, insomnia, alcohol dependency and detox, bronchial issues, diabetes, and more. Therefore, it is a common misconception when you suggest acupuncture for a person’s condition and they turn it down because they don’t feel any form of physical pain. This method of treatment is surrounded by a lot of mystery, especially as modern medicine is yet to determine how it works. But it brings relief to a wide range of medical and psychological conditions.

Acupuncture treatments are expensive

Most people think acupuncture is an expensive form of treatment, mostly because it looks so specialised. It is true it is specialised, but acupuncture is relatively affordable. When you look at it, it saves on other costly treatments since it relieves chronic health conditions and consequently saves the money that would have been spent on further treatment. The treatment will even get more and more affordable for anyone who needs it because, as there are now more and more doctors and government agencies who recommend it, insurance companies are going to start coming in to cover the costs of treatment, which are not even that high to begin with.

An initial acupuncture session can cost between $60 to $70 and you can always call your insurance provider to have acupuncture added as a covered service. If they don’t agree to this, you can always consult an acupuncture student from a reputable university to administer the treatment.

If it doesn’t work the first time, it won’t ever work

How quickly you will begin responding to acupuncture treatment will depend on a few factors, like the intensity of the pain or condition and the individual generally. While there are people who begin experiencing positive results right from the beginning, others will have to go through even 8 to 10 sessions before it starts working. Naturally, your therapist will carry you along on the progress of the treatment, so you can see that subsequent sessions might be needed to get the desired result.

Sometimes, the treatment plan designed by the physician can span several sessions even before he or she has begun administering the treatment. This is common when using acupuncture for chronic illnesses. Another reason why subsequent treatment is recommended is that even when the effect is felt in the first treatment, it might be short lived. With consistent use, the results will be more effective and last longer.

It is addictive

That acupuncture treatment may require continued treatment for some time does not suggest it is addictive. If anything, acupuncture, as mentioned earlier, can be used in the treatment of alcohol dependency and detox. The treatment targets the dopaminergic system of the brain which means it can also be used to recover from tobacco addiction, stress and some other addictions.


From showing tremendous results in the treatment of pain, experts are now reporting many other benefits of acupuncture. This ancient mode of treatment is now offering relief to millions of people and pets undergoing different pain and medical conditions. The myths associated with it is only because of its ancient and mysterious image. Consult your doctor to learn more about this form of treatment. I hope this helps you in understanding how valuable acupuncture is.

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