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Acupuncture Myths

Acupuncture Is Mostly Chinese

No, it is not. Infact, it is Asian. There are Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese systems that use acupuncture. Systems also exist in France, Europe, England and India. Some of the oldest evidences of acupuncture can be traced back to the Middle East.

While the traditions differ among these places, the roots of acupuncture are the same. Chinese acupuncture was the first of its various forms to be introduced in the USA. This is why acupuncture is usually thought of as a Chinese treatment.

Acupuncture needles are similar to hospital needles

Needles used in acupuncture are very different from those used in hospitals. For one, they do not have the tiny hole, as no drugs are administered through these needles.

Secondly, these are extremely thin, similar to ones used for newborns. Finally, these needles are solid and not sharp to cut through tissues, so it is rare that a bruise will develop.

You cannot donate blood after acupuncture

This myth has a very original source. It is a fact that sharing needles between patients can transfer diseases such as AIDS and Hepatitis. But if disposable, single use needles are used, there is no risk attached. However, it is your responsibility to make sure that your service provider uses fresh needles for you and discards them after use. You can even ask them to dispose of the needles then and there.

This is why it is important to seek treatment from a certified acupuncture professional.

Acupuncture is painful

Acupuncture is not painful for most people. As we discussed above, they are very thin, almost hair like. Most often, people do not feel anything, especially if they have been told that they might feel a little discomfort. This discomfort is mostly because of anxiety. But when prepared, their minds and bodies are accustomed for the pain that doesn’t exist.