Acupuncture treatment is not something that very many people are familiar with. In fact, it intimidates some because they have a fear of needles or fear it will hurt. We’re here to lighten the mood around acupuncture a little by telling you seven fun facts about acupuncture!
1. Made up of Needles
The original needles used for acupuncture were not made of stainless steel, but rather stone, bamboo, and bone. Today’s needles are sterile and disposable stainless steel needles.
2. The Consultation
When acupuncturists are evaluating your health and trying to determine a course of treatment, they start by looking at your tongue and feeling your pulse.
3. It’s a Reliable Treatment
The World Health Organization has endorsed acupuncture as a treatment for over 200 symptoms and diseases. Additionally, the US National Institutes of Health has deemed acupuncture valuable as a therapeutic intervention for complementary medicine.
4. Acupuncture in the U.S.
When Nixon visited China in 1972, a reporter traveled with him and had to undergo an emergency appendectomy. Following the surgery, he experienced many health benefits after participating in acupuncture for pain relief, and he raved about acupuncture when he returned to the states.
5. Health Insurance Coverage
As of 2004, it’s been reported that 50% of Americans who are enrolled in company health insurance programs are covered for acupuncture treatment.
6. There isn’t One Way to Do It
As times have evolved and cultures with it, many styles and substyles have developed for acupuncture. You might not always experience the same style or substyle if you receive acupuncture in different areas.
7. It Doesn’t Hurt!
You might not believe us now, but acupuncture is notorious for not being painful. People who fear needles have a hard time believing this, and anyone might because they’re needles! But the needles are no bigger than the width of two human hairs, and we guarantee if you try it, it will be pain-free.
If you’ve been looking into acupuncture, contact Tieperman Health and Wellness! You’ll be in great hands at our office and we can determine the right course of treatment for your needs, so give us a call today!