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Demystifying the Uncertainties of Acupuncture
By Cameron Wellness

What is acupuncture?
There are many of misconceptions about acupuncture, but the truth is that this practice has been around for more than 3,500 years and provides relief to people around the world. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine-based approach by a minimally invasive method to stimulate nerve-rich areas of the skin surface in order to influence tissues, glands, organs, and various functions of the body. Each needle produces a tiny “injury” at the insertion site, and although it’s slight enough to cause little to no discomfort, it’s enough of a signal to let the body know it needs to respond. This response encompasses stimulation of the immune system, promoting circulation to the area, wound healing, and pain modulation.

Fact vs Myth

Myth: Acupuncture hurts
Fact: Although needles are used, they are very slender and fine. You may or may not feel an initial prick. Any discomfort will either fade on its own or ease up as the acupuncturist adjusts the needles. You should experience a Qi, pronounced “chee” sensation, often described as heaviness, throbbing or an electrical sensation. That’s your body’s healing energy doing its work!

Myth: Acupuncture is ancient folk medicine; no legitimate healthcare professional would recommend it!
Fact: Acupuncture is a treatment option that many medical institutions endorse. The National Institute of Health funds many clinical research trials on acupuncture. Both the NIH and the World Health Organization identify acupuncture as an effective treatment for a wide range of conditions.

Myth: Acupuncture is only useful in treating pain
Fact: It’s true that acupuncture helps relieve joint pain, including knee pain, back pain, headaches, stomach pain and menstrual cramps. However, acupuncture is also used to treat, chemotherapy side effects, morning sickness, high blood pressure, allergies, depression, infertility and many other conditions

Myth: Acupuncture is psychological, what can it really do?
Fact: Acupuncture and its effects are far from psychological. Studies show that during acupuncture, our brains begin to release chemicals such as endorphins a natural painkiller.

Myth: Once you start acupuncture, you’ll always need acupuncture
Fact: For most conditions, acupuncturists strive to improve your main problem so you do not have to return for more treatment. There are some people who stay on a maintenance schedule, however, because acupuncture continues to help with chronic conditions just as exercise, massage or healthy nutrition.

Ready to try some acupuncture? Come visit us at the Spa Harmony (Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center) at 240 Wellness Way, Washington, PA 15301 or give us a call at (724) 250-5238 to schedule your initial consultation.



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