In recent times, the popularity and acceptance of acupuncture as an option to medicine has grown tremendously. Just recently a friend called to invite me to watch a show on the TV that talked about acupuncture. However, after watching the talk or rather the show, the question that he asked over again concerning acupuncture is, do still believe that this is not a lie? Well, I would beat sense into him but my argument was that no one would go to a national media to speak lies! That is why we should look at some of the typical myths that would clear things up for a start.
Myth 1: the Acupuncture needles hurt a lot
The needles used in this process are very small and gentle. In fact, they are several times smaller and thinner than the ordinary sewing needles, the doctor’s needle or even the safety pins. Also, they are solid (not hollow), flexible (not rigid), and their tips are rounded. These needles are inserted quickly via the patient’s skin surface, and the patient doesn’t feel any pain. If there is any pain, and then it must be a tingle, pressure or warmth around the needle. These sensations fade away quickly, and the person is left feeling deeply relaxed and sleepy.
Myth 2: Acupuncture is useful only for those who believe in it
While having a positive temperament towards something is part of gaining from the same, why and how acupuncture treatment works aren’t as simple as you think. Studies by various health institutes such as NIH indicate that this treatment appears to impact on your body’s immune reactions, temperature, blood flow and blood pressure regulation. Also, it may help the endorphins activity (innate painkilling chemical activity) as well as the immune cells at particular parts (sites) in your body.
While many clinical pieces of research on the same treatment note that even the sham acupuncture (where no needle is inserted) appears to give a little therapeutic impact on your body. The research indicates that people who receive the actual acupuncture treatment more often than not do better compared to their colleagues who prefer conventional treatment. If found the studies to be true myself, I’ve been going to the Acupuncture Miami clinic from about 3 years now and low the way it refreshes me.
Myth 2: acupuncture practice is not a licensed medical field
Some years ago, say 35 or so years, when this treatment arrived in the United States and other places, this myth would have held some water. However, in the current day medical practice, licenses are offered to practicing acupuncturist and, in fact, there are many professional acupuncturists the whole world over. Besides, some hospitals have hired some acupuncture specialists to be part of their medical team meaning that it is allowed by the law of the land.
The regulatory authorities, however, only give license to those people who have finished three to four-year acupuncture graduate program as well as Chinese medicine. Such a person must pass the national certification exams and continue upgrading (updating) their knowledge through consistent research and education. Besides, they must strictly adhere to the medical code of ethics just like any other professional medical professional would do.