Myths and Facts About Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an incredible resource for people with a wide range of issues. It’s not some sort of mystical cure-all, but a professionally administered, proven healthcare protocol that can benefit you in multiple ways.

But if you’ve never had acupuncture, you might not know what to expect or how exactly it can help you.

At Integrated Medical Solutions of Knoxville, highly skilled chiropractor and chiropractic acupuncturist Dr. David Shreve provides acupuncture sessions for patients who experience various ailments.

Here are some of the myths behind acupuncture as well as some facts that can help you feel at ease about the procedure.

Myth: Acupuncture is very painful

If you have seen acupuncture depicted on TV, you may have cringed a little — look at all of those needles! In reality, the needles are so tiny that they can be applied without the patient hardly feeling them.

Dr. Shreve uses needles that are less than one-fifth the size of a hypodermic needle. You’ll barely even know they are there.

Myth: Acupuncture isn’t “real” medicine

Acupuncture was given its first seal of approval from the Western world of medicine in 1996, when the FDA designated acupuncture needles as medical devices.

Most states require a license to practice acupuncture, and the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture was founded in 1987 for physicians in North America who were incorporating acupuncture into their medical practices.

Myth: Acupuncture is only good for anxiety or chronic pain

Again, this is a myth perpetuated by TV. In fact, acupuncture can provide relief for a wide range of medical conditions, including insomnia, chemo patient nausea, and even respiratory problems.

Dr. Shreve uses acupuncture in conjunction with chiropractic care and other methods to help mitigate symptoms of illnesses like arthritis and fibromyalgia, or to help speed healing after an injury.

Myth: Acupuncture needles are unhygienic and unsafe

Acupuncture needles are sterile, one-use items that prepackaged and discarded immediately after your treatment.

Dr. Shreve uses high-quality, medically approved needles and discards them after treatment in accordance with best practices.

If you are ready to give acupuncture a try, whether for chronic pain, headaches, insomnia, or any other issue, Dr. Shreve and the team at Integrated Medical Solutions of Knoxville, Tennessee, will make sure you are fully informed and relaxed before and during your treatment.

A session typically only takes 15-20 minutes, and you might be surprised at how good you feel afterwards. To book an acupuncture appointment, contact our office by calling 865-210-8070, or make your appointment now using our convenient online booking system.

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