Despite acupuncture’s popularity, there remain some misconceptions.
Here are 3 of the most common myths surrounding acupuncture.
MYTH 1: Acupuncture is painful
When people think of acupuncture, the first thing that comes to mind (and scares some off!) is usually the needles.
Most experiences of needles are from having blood tests or immunisations. If thats what is putting you off – then yes! I agree they are painful, but aren’t comparible to acupuncture at all.
Acupuncture needles are thinner than a hair, we use needles that range from 0.12mm to 0.22mm depending on the location of the acupuncture point used.
Most people barely perceive the needles during a treatment, if they do then the patient may just feel a slight heaviness in the area.
MYTH 2: Acupuncture doesnt work
Acupuncture has been helping people for thousands of years and as a result of coming out of ancient Daoist China over 2500 years ago is usually described in an obscure way (Meridians, Qi, Energy blockages) that makes no sense at all to western people.
This is why western organisations all around the world such as the British Acupuncture Council, World Health Organisation and others have been funding scientific research into acupuncture for many years.
As a result we now have a growing peer review evidence body. There is a measurable scientific way to describe the mechanisms of action, efficacy and safety profile of acupuncture, this has resulted in a wider acceptance of Chinese Medicine as a whole by western patients and medical professionals. The evidence base has now reached a point where all major insurance companies will cover the cost of acupuncture treatment.
MYTH 3: Acupuncture is just for pain
Acupuncture for the treatment of pain is well known and understood, however patients are generally suprised to hear that we treat a large number of other health problems – Acupuncture is so versatile! A typical day in my clinic involves treating a wide range of problems, today for example I have 12 patient visits – heel pain, facial acupuncture for acne, menstrual problems, stress, menopause hot flushes, anxiety, sciatica, shoulder pain, IBS, facial rejuvenation acupuncture for reducing wrinkles and lastly lower back pain!
The British Acupuncture Council website lists the evidence base for a large number of health conditions, you can search www.acupuncture.org.uk for more information!
About the author
Ben Hymas graduated from London Southbank University with a degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. He treats a wide range of health problems, but predominantly specialises in womens health. He understands the complexity of menopause, fertility and menstrual problems and has successfully helped many couples with both natural conception and also using acupuncture to increase success with assisted fertility treatment. Extended opening hours by appointment are available to enable you to prioritise your health needs without taking time out of your work day. Acupuncture is a safe, effective and pain free option to help you feel your very best.