5 Biggest Acupuncture Myths

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What are the acupuncture myths? There are plenty of myths with reference to acupuncture. Most of them are false; few of them are true; some are half-truths. Read more to learn the 5 Biggest Myths of Acupuncture.


Acupuncture Myth #1:  “Acupuncture is painful.”

Un-trained in the skills of acupuncture, you or I could expect to experience pain if we were to insert any sort of needle into our tissues. But pain is never felt in the hands of a trained acupuncturist. The sensation, if anything is sensed at all, is that of touch or light pressure.


Acupuncture Myth #2“Many people assume that only Asians can perform acupuncture.”

In fact, since the early 1980’s, at which time the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) began accrediting Acupuncture training programs, more than sixty programs have been developed in the US. There are now more than 3,000 certified acupuncturists practicing in the US (many of whom are not of Asian descent).


Acupuncture Myth #3“’Conventional’ or Western physicians do not accept acupuncture as a treatment modality.”

In fact, as clinical trials and scientific data about the benefits of acupuncture increase, more and more “conventional” physicians are recognizing the value of acupuncture as a remedy for certain disorders.


Acupuncture Myth #4“For the best results, a physician must perform my acupuncture.”

In fact, the best results come from an acupuncturist who is well-trained in acupuncture and Chinese Medicine; a medical degree is not required. A licensed acupuncturist (LAc) has undergone thousands of hours of training before certification.


Acupuncture Myth #5“There is a risk of hepatitis or HIV-AIDS from acupuncture needles.”

In fact, acupuncture needles come individually-wrapped in sterile packaging. They are not re-used, so there is no risk of contamination from other patients.

 What is Acupuncture Good For?

Clinical trials have shown that acupuncture can reduce symptoms from these diagnoses and treatments:

  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Depression
  • Nausea & vomiting during chemotherapy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic pain


So if you or someone you love struggles with any of these, make an appointment with our Licensed Acupuncturist, Tyler Andres, here at Spirit of Health Wellness Clinic & Learning Center.

And come learn more about Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from Tyler.

Just click on that purple button on the right, “Book Appointment” to see available clinic times,

or call us at (360) 882-7373. We look forward to seeing you here!





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