Acupuncture is a well-established alternative healthcare modality, which has been safely and effectively used for thousands of years. The popularity of acupuncture has been growing over the past several decades. In the past few years it has become more popular and has become accepted as an alternative or an integrative healthcare system.
Many people today are familiar with the shortcomings of modern Western medical treatments, usually expensive pharmaceutical drugs and surgeries are often prescribed for pain and various ailments. In spite of the shortcomings of modern Western medicine and the popularity of alternative healthcare, some are still skeptical about acupuncture.
There are many reasons for this skepticism and it is easy to understand why some people feel this way. One of the most obvious reasons people are skeptical of acupuncture is the procedure itself – placing needles into various points on the body. Many people are nervous, or even terrified about the prospects of having needles inserted into their bodies. From childhood many people have frightening memories of going to the doctor’s office and being injected with a needle. This fear has carried into adulthood and they now hold the same fear about acupuncture.
The needles used in acupuncture are very thin – the width of a strand of hair. Unlike the hypodermic needles used by Western medical doctors, acupuncture needles are not large or hollow. In addition the acupuncture needles are not inserted as deeply as hypodermic needles, they are inserted only 3-5 mm. The insertion of acupuncture needles is reported by the majority of patients to be surprisingly painless. Even those who were frightened at the prospect of acupuncture often find the process not uncomfortable or painful.
There are other reasons why some people avoid acupuncture. One example of this would be the fact that some people simply see acupuncture as frivolous and pointless. Some simply consider acupuncture and other similar alternative healthcare therapies to be silly, waste of time and nothing but nonsense. They would be surprised to hear that the efficacy of acupuncture has been established in numerous peer-reviewed studies in medical journals. The World Health Organization (WHO) references acupuncture as being an effective treatment for the management of many types of pain, both acute and chronic. Therefore, skepticism about how effective acupuncture is simply misguided.
A final reason that some avoid acupuncture is financial. Many people are not aware or are surprise to see their medical healthcare insurance covers acupuncture.
As you can see there is no reason why you should not use acupuncture for pain relief or for various ailments.