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The Ins and Outs on Acupuncture

Acupuncture NeedleAlternatives forms of medicine are in – and perhaps one you have been exploring is acupuncture. This form of therapy is used to heal a multitude of problems that often can be relieved by standard pills or changes in diet. It’s easy to find information about acupuncture on the Internet, but it’s just as easy to find false information. So to help set the record straight, here are five things you should know if you’re interested in acupuncture.

Let’s start with the most prominent myth of all – that acupuncture hurts. the fact of the matter is it doesn’t. The needles used while performing acupuncture are much thinner than your every day blood drawing or flu shot needles, some being as fine as a hair, resulting in little to no pain at all. The most common feeling produced during acupuncture is just a dull ache.

It’s also important to know that acupuncture isn’t a one-time treatment. Like physical therapy, it works cumulatively over time to help get rid of pain or an ailment and provide relief. Feeling 100 percent better after one visit to the acupuncturist is an unrealistic expectation, however after three or four visits the differences in how you and your body feels, will be significant.

Acupuncture, like other medical initiatives, does have side effects. However, they might presently surprise you. Consistent acupuncture clients report that they experience better food and liquid digestion, better sleep patterns, more energy during the day as well as better mental clarity. And seeking this treatment isn’t just for people who have constant pain. Acupuncture can also help heal anxiety, asthma and even insomnia.

Perhaps the biggest misconception about this form of medicine is that it is expensive – but it doesn’t have to be. A typical session can cost between $60 and $200 dollars but your insurance company might cover acupuncture as a treatment. With its growing popularity, more offices are opening and prices are reasonable.

Many medical patients end up at an acupuncture office when they feel they have no other options left. But acupuncture has so many benefits that trying it to start off with can help you feel better, sooner. Many participants even claim they spent years trying to fix a problem that was solved with acupuncture within weeks.

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