With individuals increasingly searching for preventative, self-directed healthcare options, the popularity of Complementary and Alternative Medicine is on the rise. However, there remain plenty of folks who have yet to wander outside the realms of their “Conventional Medicine comfort zone”, often due to uncertainty or misconceptions surrounding holistic care. Acupuncture is no exception when it comes to misunderstood modalities, and we feel it’s high time to shed a little light on the subject. With the help of Evoke’s very own Registered Acupuncturist Ivana Nikolic RAc, today we’re debunking the top 4 myths about Acupuncture.
Myth #1: Needles hurt, and Acupuncture is painful!
One of the most common reasons people avoid seeing an Acupuncturist is because they’re worried the procedure will be painful. While the thought of needles is enough to make anyone run and hide, you may be surprised to learn that Acupuncture needles are incredibly fine. Moreover, the depth at which these needles are inserted is quite shallow - about ¼ to ½ inches deep. “Acupuncture needles are teeeeeny tiny,” Ivana explains. “ If your frame of reference is the hypodermic needle used for donating blood or getting a vaccination, those aren’t tiny, and yep – they hurt. In the hands of a skilled, gentle acupuncturist, you’ll feel little to no discomfort. ”
Myth #2: Acupuncture is ineffective.
Acupuncture is often mistaken for a “new-age” treatment that yields nothing more than a placebo effect; however, the truth of the matter is that Acupuncture is a key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine that has been successfully used for centuries. “Just as people have different responses to medication or surgery, people have [varied] responses to Acupuncture. Some people see quick, dramatic changes. Others experience more gradual, subtle effects.” On occasion, people will see little to no improvement in their condition following a series of treatments, and in that case they will always be referred to another practitioner for appropriate support. “The end goal is always for you to feel better.”
Myth #3: Acupuncture can’t be combined with other treatments.
In nearly all cases, Acupuncture is a safe, effective complementary therapy. Assembling a team of practitioners who offer a variety of services is a great way to support healing, and in some cases speed recovery. For example, Naturopathic treatments or Chiropractic adjustments often yield longer lasting results when paired with Acupuncture. “If you’re unsure, talk with an Acupuncturist and your other health care providers about [developing] a coordinated treatment plan.”
Myth #4: Acupuncture only treats pain.
Acupuncture is fantastic method for treating pain, but the extent of its healing power reaches far beyond pain management. “Because Acupuncture affects so many of our body’s systems – the nervous system, the immune system, the digestive system – it can treat many things.” Insomnia, chronic stress, fatigue, morning sickness, and headaches are just some of the conditions that Acupuncture can safely and effectively aid with. If you’re unsure as to whether your current condition makes you a suitable candidate for treatment, try booking a Complimentary Meet and Greet with Ivana. “I’m happy to answer your questions, and I invite you to experience the awesome benefits of acupuncture for yourself.”
Ivana Nikolic is a Registered Acupuncturist at Evoke Integrative Medicine. She is a general practice Acupuncturist, who additionally focuses on emotional problems, women’s health, pain management, digestive issues, headaches, insomnia, chronic fatigue and stress related issues. To book an appointment with Ivana, head to our online booking page.