“Needles are painful!”
Many people believe that acupuncture is an extremely painful experience with needles all over the body. However that is not true. Most people know needles as the medical syringe needles which are very thick and painful when inserted into the body. But acupuncture needles are much finer than syringe needles.
“But does it hurt?” Yes and no. No, acupuncture does not hurt anything like an injection needle but it is common to feel a very slight prick of the needle when it’s inserted followed by a slight sensation around the needle. Typically it tends to be a dull achy sensation or other times it is a slightly sharper sensation. But after they are in, it settles and you most likely feel nothing! Whatever you feel, you should let your acupuncturist know.
“I tried it once but it didn’t help”
As everyone is different, each person will have a different response to treatment. Like with most things, Acupuncture is not a one-time magical fix. Some people respond very quickly to the treatment and see quick results within the first few treatments while others may find themselves having to need 6 or more treatments. Typically if the condition has been suffered for quite some time, the healing time may require more sessions. But do not fear, your acupuncturist will monitor you each week and keep track of your progression!
“It only helps with pain”
Part of this is true. Acupuncture does help greatly with a lot of pain issues such as musculo-skeletal pains, headaches or menstrual pains but did you know that acupuncture doesn’t just stop at pain? Acupuncture can help with your digestion, insomnia, anxiety, infertility and so much more.
“But how?” To put it in the most simplest form possible, when there is an issue that you start noticing, it means that there is an imbalance within. Acupuncture is all about rebalancing the body in order for the condition to be treated.
“It might conflict with my other medication”
Acupuncture doesn’t actually conflict with medication as it is using your body’s own healing processes to heal itself. It complements conventional medicine very nicely. For example, acupuncture is very commonly used in conjunction with IVF treatments in order to support the body through the different stages of IVF. In fact, acupuncture can also assist with reducing the side effects of medications and support the body.
Jasmy Wong is an acupuncturist and Chinese medicine practitioner at Castle Hill Healthspace clinics. For more information about how acupuncture can be good for you, call Jasmy on (02) 9659 1200.